1796 50C 16 Stars MS (PCGS# 6058)
The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money
Lot Number: 4104
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This is one of the most difficult type coins to locate in any and all grades. First off, about 4,000 were struck between both years of this design --1796 and 1797. From that meager beginning only 150 or so remain today, and many of those are damaged to varying degrees. Those that can be graded fall all over the map in terms of quality, from very low worn grades up to an incredible Mint State-66 coin. This example is a pleasing mid-grade coin that shows attractive light silver-gray toning on both sides and has average or nicer surfaces for the grade. The rims are free of bumps and the devices are reasonably sharp. Identifiable by a minor scratch above L(IBERTY). An excellent selection for a type or variety collection.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>This 1796 half dollar is in an excellent grade -- high enough to show good detail but low enough that the price will be in five figures instead of the high six figures a Gem would demand. If this variety is on your want list, consider it carefully.