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    Sharp Gem 1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar, O-108

    1807 50C Draped Bust MS65 NGC. O-108, R.3. The engraver punched star 7 into the die with counterclockwise rotation, so that it points above the base of L. Similarly, star 8 points well above the base of Y, and nearly touches star 9. The reverse is missing the right base of the F in OF, five berries all have thick stems, a leaf points to the extreme right of the I in AMERICA, AM is joined at the base and A is joined to third feather, and the beak comes down on the upper side of the star point.
    This is the last year of the Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle type with an estimated mintage of 301,076 coins, which according to Walter Breen in his Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins, "almost certainly includes many dated 1806."
    Perusal of NGC/PCGS population figures indicates that the 1807 Heraldic Eagle half dollar is relatively available through the About Uncirculated grade level. Mint State pieces, especially those in the higher grades thereof, are more challenging. Indeed, the two services have seen 13 Gems, a mere two Premium Gems, and none finer.
    This MS65 example displays soft luster covered with medium gray and reddish-gold patination. A well executed strike endows the design features with sharp definition, except for the typically soft eagle's breast and neck. Close inspection reveals no significant contact marks. This is a lovely coin for the early half dollar specialist or for a high-grade type set. Census: 7 in 65, 1 finer (9/08).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24EN, PCGS# 6079)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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

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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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