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    PCGS 1878-S MS 63. A legendary rarity in the Seated half series. The mintage was a mere 12,000 pieces, all struck before the mint's equipment was pressed into full time service producing Morgan dollars. As a result, surviving examples of the half dollars are very rare. They are, as a matter of fact, so rare that this date has even been counterfeited. Breen estimates that perhaps 5 pieces exist today in mint condition with another 20 or so in lower grades. According to the most recent data from the major certification services, only 4 coins have been graded in mint condition. There is one other MS 63 certified by PCGS with 1 coin finer. This piece is fully struck with bright prooflike surfaces, as usual, with attractive golden-rose toning over both sides and just a touch of olive at the rims. An exceptional opportunity for the advanced Seated specialist who wants only the finest.

    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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    Auction Dates
    July, 1993
    28th-31st Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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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.

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