US Coins  :  Half Dollars

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    Rare Two Year Type

    1796 50c PCGS F12 (15 Stars) ex: Hansen Collection


    The Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollars of 1796 and 1797 have long been considered rarities of the U.S. half dollar series, joined together by both their low, combined mintage of 3,918 pieces, as well as by their status as a two-year design type. Mint records note that all of the coins dated 1796 were struck and delivered in 1797. Beyond that, actual mintages for the different issues are just educated guesses. Approximately half of the mintage was dated 1796, and the other half 1797. A tough coin to locate in any state, this piece is bested by a VF30 that resides in the primary collection of Hansen coins.

    Scarce Early Half Dollar

    1801 50c NGC VF20 (O-101)

    No Reserve
    Next Bid: $69.00
    Closes: 10D 1H

    The 1801 half dollar is a very challenging issue in the Flowing Hair series -- especially tough in higher circulated grades. The present example is a lovely battleship gray example with nice eye appeal. A tiny planchet flaw at the rim adds interest.

    Only 8 Finer!

    1808 50c NGC MS66


    A richly toned superb gem with alluring luster throughout. They do not come much finer or more naturally beautiful. Well struck overall save for the typical weakness on the eagle - a common artifact of this screw-press-minted early half dollar.