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    Fabulous 1874-CC Arrows Half, MS64

    1874-CC 50C Arrows MS64 PCGS. Though the change in weight established for minor silver in 1873 was far smaller than the alteration made in 1853, the Mint saw fit to use the arrows device once more to mark the new-tenor pieces. Carson City struck precious few coins with those arrows, particularly in 1874; it made only dimes and half dollars that year, both of which are highly elusive. Stated production for the latter denomination amounted to a mere 59,000 pieces; while the facility was far busier minting coins in 1874 than it had been in any prior year, most of those pieces were gold, and Trade dollars made up the bulk of the silver.
    As Rusty Goe states in his The Mint on Carson Street, "Choice to Gem Uncirculated specimens [of the 1874-CC half dollar] are prohibitively scarce," and recent data from the PCGS Population Report confirms this, with just three MS64 listings and only two finer examples (3/09). Goe suggests that even these small numbers may be inflated by resubmissions, and even if they are not, the total "... does not come close to meeting demand. For it is safe to say that small crowds are waiting on the sidelines for every high grade specimen that enters the market."
    Certainly, the Carson City enthusiast should not stay on the sidelines when this fabulous near-Gem comes up for auction. It offers powerful, swirling luster with a hint of frostiness on the beautifully detailed central devices. A delicate golden aura graces parts of the otherwise silver-white surfaces. Remarkably appealing, even by the standards of the grade assigned, and an important opportunity for the dedicated collector.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24LB, PCGS# 6347)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2009
    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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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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