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    1830 O-103 Half Dollar, PR62 Cameo
    Five Known 1830 Proof Half Dollars
    From Five Different Die Pairs

    1830 50C PR62 Cameo PCGS. CAC. O-103, R.8 as a Proof. Although quite a number of auction appearances for proof 1830 half dollars are recorded, there are only five known proofs, and each is from a different die pair:

    1830 Proof Half Dollar Roster
    --O-103 Proof 62 Cameo PCGS.
    The present specimen. Heritage (10/1989), lot 602; Superior (1/1990), lot 3531; Superior (8/1991), lot 509; Pittsburgh Signature (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 6215.
    --O-108 PR65 Uncertified. Dr. Christian Allenburger (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 865; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1494; Stack's and ANR (6/2004), lot 4360.
    --O-110 Brilliant Proof. Lester Merkin (2/1971), lot 720; Reed Hawn Sale (Stack's, 8/1973), lot 93; Stack's (2/1982), lot 1589.
    --O-111 Proof 64 NGC. Bowers and Ruddy (5/1973), lot 837; Gary Burghoff Collection (Superior, 1/1980), lot 205; Bowers and Merena (11/1994), lot 2252; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 125; Bowers and Merena (8/ 2000), lot 4111; Goldberg Coins (2/2002), lot 966; Bowers and Merena (8/2003), lot 1503; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 30217.
    --O-117 Proof 63. ANA Sale (Kagin's, 7/1977), lot 1460; Auction '84 (Paramount, 7/1984), lot 663; Superior (2/1987), lot 3158; Bowers and Merena (1/1992), lot 347; George "Buddy" Byers (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1075.

    The bright surfaces of this example are faintly toned in a soft gold color, and a mild cameo contrast is established between the lightly frosted devices and the proof finish on the fields. The design elements are sharply struck, save for softness in the star centers along the right obverse border, and on the upper arrowhead. The milling is virtually complete on both sides, and the design features are nicely centered on the planchet. No significant contact marks are apparent on either side, though a few wispy hairlines in the fields preclude a higher grade. This will be a marvelous addition to a Capped Bust half dollar collection.
    Ex: Heritage (10/1989), lot 602; Superior (1/1990), lot 3531; Superior (8/1991), lot 509; Pittsburgh Signature Sale (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 6215.
    From The Greensboro Collection, Part II.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 86209)

    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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