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    1878-S Half Dollar, AG3
    Key to the Seated Half Series

    1878-S 50C WB-101, Die Pair 1, R.5, AG3 PCGS. The Bill Bugert reference on S-mint Seated halves gives a well-rounded story about the reasons for the rarity of the 1878-S half. It also gives a reliable estimate of the number of pieces known. The reason for the rarity of these half dollars is twofold. First, the massive production of Morgan dollars required by the Bland-Allison Act diverted most of the San Francisco Mint's efforts to producing that denomination rather than minor coinage. As a result, only 12,000 half dollars were struck. A second consideration was the heavy usage of half dollars in the California economy. Most simply wore out. This piece almost did.

    Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert conducted extensive research into how many 1878-S halves actually exist. They could account for 54 different pieces ranging from Poor to MS66. Several pieces have not been certified or offered in recent years at public auction, and as a result they believe a more accurate estimate of the total number of 1878-S halves is around 60 pieces. This piece is predictably heavily worn overall. Each side has light gray-rose toning, and there are no obvious or distracting abrasions.
    Ex: Pittsburgh Signature (Heritage, 10/2011), lot 3763.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 572258, Base PCGS# 6360)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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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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