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    1859 Seated Liberty Half, PR67
    Tied for Finest-Graded at PCGS

    1859 50C PR67 PCGS. The Mint offered proofs at face value in 1858 and 1859 and produced optimistic quantities during the two years compared to the normal "as ordered" mintages of previous years. 800 proof half dollars were struck for 1859 alone, although many were melted as unsold at the year's end. As a result, the issue is rare in high grades, and it is seldom seen with the technical quality and eye appeal of this spectacular Superb Gem.

    Deeply mirrored fields vibrate with vivid shades of greenish-gold, lavender, and blue toning. A pinpoint strike displays strong definition on all design elements, and the well-preserved surfaces are free of mentionable distractions, creating outstanding eye appeal. The 1859 proof half dollar is very rare in high grade today, and this delightful Superb Gem is one of the finest survivors. It comes from the collection of Eugene H. Gardner, which speaks for its exceptional aesthetic appeal. Population: 2 in 67, 0 finer (2/15).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TJ, PCGS# 6413)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    April, 2015
    22nd-26th 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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