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    Important XF 1878-S Half

    1878-S 50C XF40 PCGS. The half dollars of 1878 mark a turning point for the Liberty Seated series of that denomination. The Philadelphia issue, with its mintage of over a million pieces, has a larger total production than all subsequent issues combined, and the Carson City and San Francisco coins were the last Seated halves struck outside the main Mint. The former pieces are elusive; the latter have been feted as rare in any grade.
    Passage of the Bland-Allison Act forced the various mints to strike silver dollars, even if this meant neglecting other denominations. Seated minor silver suffered; for the 1878-S issue, the recorded mintage is only 12,000 pieces. While the California economy of the time remained awash in gold, smaller denominations remained in high demand, and virtually all 1878-S halves entered circulation. Like other S-mint silver coins of previous years, the 1878-S faced heavy attrition; the combination of a small initial mintage and a low survival rate has made the 1878-S the key to the series, as noted by Wiley and Bugert in their The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars.
    Though the present piece has experienced a measure of circulation, it remains in better condition than the vast majority of examples. The highest elements of the central devices show only light wear, and the gold-kissed silver-gray surfaces retain a hint of luminosity. Light, scattered abrasions appear in the fields, yet this coin remains fundamentally pleasing. An excellent candidate to act as a cornerstone for a distinguished date set. Population: 1 in 40, 14 finer (2/08).
    From The Yoder Family Collection, Part One.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24KR, PCGS# 6360)

    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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    April, 2008
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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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