Jacob Shapiro Collection - Numismatic Gallery 3/1948:288, not sold - Jacob Shapiro Collection - RARCOA 4/1963:568 - R.L. Miles Collection - Stack's 10/1968:325 - Ed Milas Collection - RARCOA, sold privately in 3/1986 - D. Brent Pogue Collection
Heritage 8/2010:3471, $218,500
David Akers (1975/88): Chronologically, it is probable that this is the first of the 1797 Half Eagles, preceeding the 1797 16 Stars, Small Eagle, Heraldic Eagle, the 1797/5 and even the 1795 Heraldic Eagle. Like all 1797's, this is of extreme rarity in any condition with probably fewer than 20 pieces in existence. Somewhat more rare than the 16 Stars, Small Eagle variety in all grades, it is considerably more difficult to obtain better than EF. Most available specimens are only VF or EF and only 2-3 true uncs exist. Only two low grade specimens have been offered at auction in the past decade.
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