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    1803 Draped Bust Half
    Small 3, O-104, MS62
    Vivid Multicolor Toning

    1803 50C Small 3, Large Reverse Stars, O-104, T-4, R.3, MS62 NGC. Overton-104 is the only one of the four 1803 half dollar varieties featuring the small 3 in the date. Not surprisingly, then, this is the only use of this obverse, though the reverse die was previously employed for O-103. This Small 3 variant is also one of the scarcer varieties of the issue; only three Mint State examples have been certified by the two leading services, with this piece being second only to a single MS64 coin at PCGS (11/19).

    As a date, the 1803 half dollar is moderately plentiful in comparison to early issues of the same type, but is not nearly as available as the 1806 and 1807. Mint State examples are rare in all grades, with none having been certified finer than MS64. This representative is by far one of the most attractive examples obtainable. Vivid toning in shades of green-gold, royal blue, violet, and orange-gold encompass each side, while the surfaces are free of major flaws, and the strike is above-average for the issue. Moderate clash marks are seen on each side, though no adjustment marks are observed. The specialist will find it nearly impossible to locate a visually finer example.
    Ex: PNG Invitational Signature (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 4751.
    From The Joseph D. Osborne Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24EF, Variety PCGS# 39274, Base PCGS# 6067)

    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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