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    Gorgeous Select O-106 1807 Draped Bust Half

    1807 50C Draped Bust MS63 NGC. O-106, R.3. Both sides show numerous die cracks. On the obverse, one crack runs through the lower parts of the digits of the date, while another laces through the left stars. On the reverse, a crack extends from the U in UNITED across the eagle's tailfeathers and through all but the first two letters of AMERICA. These die cracks are diagnostic.
    In the most recent edition of the Overton half dollar reference, the best grade for an O-106 listed in that work's condition census is 55, which establishes the present MS63 piece as one of the most important examples for the die variety. Soft, swirling luster shimmers beneath delicate gold-orange and silver-gray shadings. A trifle weak in the centers, yet well-defined elsewhere with no trace of wear and surprisingly few marks. For all Draped Bust varieties, Census: 11 in 63, 26 finer (1/08).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24EN, PCGS# 6079)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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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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