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    1851 Gem Seated Half--Second Rarest Issue In The Series

    1851 50C MS65 NGC. WB-103, R.7 in Uncirculated. In our recent Long Beach Sale, we offered a PCGS graded MS65 example of this date. Now, we have a second example in Gem condition. For those unfamiliar with Seated halves, the 1851 is considered the second rarest issue in the series by Dick Osburn, second only to the legendary 1878-S. When we offered Tommy Dorathy's collection of Seated halves in October 2001, he had accumulated three AU or MS examples of this date--perhaps he knew something as a collector the rest of us have overlooked. This is a brilliant, fully struck example that has bright, lightly striated obverse fields. There are no mentionable marks on either side of this remarkable Seated half rarity. Population: 3 in 65, 1 finer (2/05).(#6266) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24HJ, PCGS# 6266)

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    March, 2005
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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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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