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    1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollar, MS66
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    1838 50C MS66 NGC. Based on color and luster characteristics alone, this coin could easily be taken for a Walking Liberty half dollar rather than an early 19th century type. Radiant cartwheel luster is complete over both sides, with silver-white untoned surfaces and intense eye appeal. There is a mere suggestion of gold at the extreme rims. The strike is bold, close to full save for minor weakness on a few of the peripheral devices on each side. A loupe reveals scattered tiny marks on the cheek, which may have precluded an even finer grade. Census: 4 in 66, 1 finer (7/11).(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24G5, PCGS# 6177)

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    August, 2011
    11th-14th Thursday-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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