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Lot 336

1796 Draped Bust Half Dime. "LIHERTY" error. PCGS graded VF-30. For the lover of toned coins, this one boasts splendid blue, green and gold circles of vibrant hues around the periphery, while the centers remain silvery white. This coin was obviously housed in a National Pages album for many years, and sent off to PCGS prior to this sale. As to the surfaces, they are free of the usual handling problems such as scratches or adjustment marks, and present an opportunity as such. 1796 half dimes come well struck as a rule, and this coin is no exception. Curiously the reverse die was rotated about 20 degrees counter clockwise when this one was struck. As a type coin, the draped bust small eagle coins were struck in just two years, and this has long been one of the more difficult type coins to locate in high grade.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,800.
Purchased by Dr. Benson on December 26, 1944 from Hollinbeck Coin Company for $16.00.

Realized $3,680

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