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    1863-S 50C MS 64 PCGS. Although P-mint silver issues were widely hoarded and/or melted during the turmoil of the Civil War, S-mint deliveries continued to circulate heavily in California throughout the 1860s. The 1863-S was one of those half dollar issues that saw heavy use despite its modest original delivery of 916,000 pieces. While all Mint State survivors of this delivery must be considered quite scarce, the present near-gem is one of the finest pieces that PCGS has certified. Untoned and carefully preserved, this specimen displays an otherwise bold impression that leaves Liberty's head and the surrounding stars incomplete. The rich mint frost that rotates contiguously around the surfaces, however, easily outweighs this trivial distraction. A significant opportunity for the Seated specialist, this piece is sure to attract noteworthy attention when it crosses the auction block. Population: 6 in 64, none finer. (NGC ID# 24JC, PCGS# 6310)

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    August, 1999
    14th-15th Saturday-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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