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    1878-S Seated Half Dollar, VF Details
    Just 12,000 Pieces Struck, Few Survive

    1878-S 50C WB-101, Die Pair 1, R.5 -- Engraved, Repaired -- NGC Details. VF. The 1878-S is seldom-seen in any grade, a function of its low mintage (just 12,000 pieces struck), and an accompanying low survival rate. Bill Bugert suggests only about 60 pieces are known in all grades combined. The issue was struck from a single die pair. Production of the 1878-S was halted early in the year to concentrate on coining silver dollars, compelled by the Bland-Allison Act.

    A diagonal path of re-engraved detail covers portions of the olive branch on this example, extending to the eagle's left (facing) leg, shield, and right wing. The field near the eagle's head and left scroll end is smoothed, and other areas of the reverse field suggest careful tooling. Still, an authentic survivor of this rare and famous Seated issue is always in demand. Most pieces were melted or lost long ago.
    Ex: Anderson DuPont Collection (Stack's, 11/54), lot 2214, where it sold for $350; ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver (Heritage, 3/2007), lot 823, which brought $37,375.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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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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