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    1795 Two Leaves Half, MS63+
    O-129, Famous S over D Reverse
    Probably the Finest Known

    1795 50C 2 Leaves, Second S Over D, O-129, R.5, MS63+ PCGS. CAC. In our opinion, this important half dollar variety deserves its own listing in the Guide Book, rather than a mere footnote at the bottom of the page. The variety is distinctive, and it is plentiful in lower grades so that any collector can own one with only a little patience. However, Mint State examples are extremely rare. This example is likely the finest example known from the dies.

    According to Stephen J. Herrman's Autumn 2014 revision of Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars, only three examples have been offered recently in grades above XF:

    1. MS61 NGC. Heritage (8/2004), lot 6157.
    2. AU58 NGC. American Numismatic Rarities (8/2004), lot 417.
    3. AU55 NGC. Bowers and Merena (6/2008), lot 818; Heritage (3/2009), lot 1903.

    This Select Mint State example is extraordinary for its satiny silver luster residing beneath pewter-gray toning with accents of light gold and cobalt-blue. Trivial surface marks are only evident with a glass, and the central design motifs are boldly rendered. Prominent adjustment marks along the border are most obvious along the left side of the reverse, especially at ITED ST. Those adjustment marks cause noticeable weakness of the stars at the upper left obverse, dramatically weakening stars 4 through 7 and the outer border next to those stars. The adjustment marks and associated weakness are strictly a result of the minting process and have no affect on the grade of this extremely important and likely finest known half dollar.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 39259, Base PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 22
    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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