Outstanding 1865 Half, MS661865 50C MS66 PCGS. Satiny throughout with a light dusting of charcoal-gray patina on each side that greatly enhances the overall eye appeal of the piece. Under incandescent light, lovely iridescent sea-green and rose toning appears in the fields and near the borders. The 1865 is a highly challenging issue in Mint State grades, and Gem and better examples are particularly elusive. Boldly struck with nicely defined stars, a crisp portrait, and sharp feather and talon details on the eagle. Careful inspection only reinforces the impression that this amazing coin is one of the finest 1865 halves a numismatist could imagine. PCGS has certified just three pieces in MS66, with none finer (2/08).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24JF, PCGS# 6313)
Weight: 12.44 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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.
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