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    1840 WB-102 Seated Half, Exceptional MS66
    FS-301, Reverse of 1839, Repunched Date

    1840 50C Small Letters (Reverse of 1839), Repunched Date, FS-301, WB-102, MS66 PCGS. CAC. The date is noticeably repunched, evidenced by a secondary 4 visible south, and an underdigit 0 easily viewed southeast of the primary numeral to confirm the Cherrypickers' FS-301 variety. Several faint die cracks exist in and around the reverse legend. The surfaces are remarkably smooth and semireflective, with sharp definition on Liberty's portrait and hair strands. Stars 6, 7, and 8 lack their centers, but otherwise the strike is sharp. Eye appeal is terrific, with sea-green and blue shades interspersed with bright orange-gold luster that flows consistently over both sides.

    Housed in an old green label holder with CAC endorsement, this Premium Gem is the very definition of condition rarity despite a mintage of more than 1.4 million pieces. No pieces are certified finer by either PCGS or NGC, and type collectors and Seated half specialists alike will have keen interest when this top-of-the Condition Census coin is called. Population: 6 in 66, 0 finer (2/16).
    From The Dr. John Young Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 392647, Base PCGS# 6234)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% 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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