1797 50C Good 4 PCGS
O-101a, R.5. Long known to be the most difficult type coin of the half dollar denomination, Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollars have enjoyed nearly legendary status and are arguably one of the most avidly sought types in all of U.S. numismatics. This design was coined for only two years, 1796 and 1797, with a total mintage of only 3,918 pieces. Just four die marriages are known for the type, two for each of the dates of production.
Most survivors are well circulated, as is this specimen. Original russet-brown and gray-blue toning dominates the border areas, especially on the reverse. AMERICA and the denominator are heavily worn, all other peripheral elements are quite clear. No adjustment marks or rim bumps are seen, and the surfaces are certainly better than average for a half dollar in this lower grade range. Exceptionally desirable as the majority of these were lost, with perhaps 250 examples remaining of the entire type a great many of those have repairs or significant problems that damage the surfaces. Not so here, this wholesome coin is pretty much just as it should be for the assigned Good 4 grade. One of the scarcest type coins of any metal to obtain, this will make some collector quite happy once it is secured. (PCGS 6060)