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    Popular MS64 1854-O Arrows Seated Half
    With Interesting Die Cracks

    1854-O 50C Arrows MS64 PCGS. CAC. The antebellum O-mint production of this issue was a generous quantity in excess of 5.2 million coins, and with the Arrows feature to boot, the issue is frequently pursued for type coin purposes. According to Seated half expert Bill Bugert, there are 55 obverse dies and 33 reverse dies known for the issue, and some "interesting and rare" die marriages exist. This piece shows a network of obverse die cracks connecting stars 1-3 and 5. Numerous reverse cracks also appear. Generous luster covers silver-white surfaces that are considerably finer than most specimens seen; those usually top out around Choice AU, even though the finest certified are a couple of coins in MS68.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24JM, PCGS# 6280)

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    December, 2009
    3rd-6th 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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