Incredibly Well Preserved 1840 Reverse of 1839 Half Dollar with Original Toning1840 50C Reverse of 1839 MS 66 PCGS. Doubled Date. WB-104. Along with the 1839, the 1840-O (and the unique 1842), the 1840 Reverse of 1839 is the only issue in the entire Seated half dollar series to display small letters on the reverse. While the latter issue is more common than both the 1839 and 1840-O in all grades, the present example is undeniably rare by dint of its incredible state of preservation. Both sides are remarkably lustrous for a coin that is 160 years old. The swirling cartwheel effects radiate powerfully through the rich, mottled crimson-apricot, sea-green, and lavender-gray iridescence. Sharply struck and all but abrasion-free. This coin is equal in every regard to the Eliasberg specimen that realized $7,762.50 as lot 6355 in our 1997 New York ANA Sale. Only four survivors have been graded MS 66 by NGC and PCGS (5/00).
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24GM, PCGS# 6234)
Weight: 13.36 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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