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    Rare 1797 Half Dollar

    1797 Fine 12 Obverse Scratch. O-101, R.5. One of the widest recognized of all United States type coins, the 1796-97 halves share a common design. Three-quarters of the combined mintages for the two years are 1797 dated coins, but very few of either date are known today, and those that are extant are not usually seen above the VG-Fine grade level. The fields of this piece are mostly medium gray with slight undertones of rose and blue and contrasting pale gray highpoints on the devices. A horizontal scratch traverses the obverse, this being the only mentionable surface flaw on this otherwise problem-free coin. (NGC ID# 24EC, PCGS# 6060)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 1995
    16th-19th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

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