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    1887 Half Dollar, MS67
    Only 5,000 Coins Struck
    Tied for Finest Certified, CAC Endorsed

    1887 50C WB-101 MS67 PCGS. CAC. Despite consistently low mintages throughout the 1880s, Uncirculated half dollars were set aside speculatively by collectors and dealers with an eye toward future profit. Such is the case for the 5,000 coins struck in 1887. Examples can be found with little trouble through near-Gem condition. Only in MS65 does the issue become rare, and the numerically finest coins top out at MS67 at both PCGS and NGC.

    Eugene Gardner called the 1880-era halves "eye candy," and had one other MS67 example of the 1887, which realized $24,675 as lot 30524 in our sale of the first installment of his collection in June 2014. This is a different coin with the Gardner pedigree, equally impressive, that displays uniform blue and rose toning on the obverse, with significant rose and green concentric color on the reverse. The surfaces show prooflikeness at the margins, tempered somewhat by the attractive toning that blankets each side. The strike is sharp overall, with a bit of weakness at Liberty's top hair strands and the flanking stars. Three tiny marks exist near star 11, visible with magnification, although the fields are otherwise pristine. Beautiful, overtly original surfaces with unsurpassed preservation make this a must-have piece for advanced collectors and Registry specialists.
    Ex: Larry Whitlow (1/2004); Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV (Heritage, 10/2015), lot 98709.
    Selections from the Jim O'Neal Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 572272, Base PCGS# 6369)

    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
    April, 2019
    25th-28th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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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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