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    1951-S 50C MS67 PCGS. Intensely toned, with fiery orange-red and green over most of the obverse, with scattered breaks in the toning over Franklin's profile and the lettering, where silvery-gray remains. The reverse is well matched, with deep orange-red relegated to the periphery and the centers a lighter silver color. No toning flecks are found on the reverse. This phenomenal coin is fairly well struck, and has been carefully preserved ever since. Just a few ticks separate this coin from perfection. The strike is sharp, but not quite enough so for the coveted Full Bell Lines designation, with the lower lines a trifle shallow near the clapper. An extraordinary Franklin half dollar. Population: 1 in 67, 0 finer (12/08).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24T2, PCGS# 6660)

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    January, 2009
    7th-11th Wednesday-Sunday
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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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