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Draped Bust Halves

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Draped Bust Half Dollar
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Draped Bust was the name given to a design of United States coins. It appeared on much of the regular-issue copper and silver United States coinage, 1795–1807. It was designed by engraver Robert Scot.

Reference: A Guide Book of United States Coins (2017)

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The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797

If you collect Draped Bust half dollars, we highly recommend this book for your personal library: The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 (2012), by Jon P. Amato, Ph.D.

Jon Amato received his doctorate degree in economic geography from the University of Toronto. He taught at Buffalo State College and the State University of New York at Albany for several years, and also worked as a program manager in the field of economic development for the states of Arizona and New York. He then joined the staff of Heritage Auctions as a numismatic researcher and cataloger. Amato is the author of numerous economic geography, economic development, and numismatic publications. His numismatic works include: Surviving 1796-97 Draped Bust Half Dollars and Their Grade Distribution, John Reich Journal, February 2005; The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse Collection (with James Halperin, Mark Van Winkle, and Gregory Rohan), 2006; Jules Reiver's 1796-1797 Draped Bust Half Dollars, John Reich Journal, April 2007; Breakup of the 1796-1797 Half Dollar Reverse A, John Reich Journal, May 2012; and American Indian Treaty Payments, The Numismatist, November 2010. The latter article was awarded Large Club Publications Best Article by the Numismatic Literary Guild, August 2011. Amato's recent publication posted on Amazon, The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797: Numismatic Background and Census, was published by Heritage Auctions in December 2012. This 338-page book is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into this two-year design type, and includes an illustrated discourse of the four Overton varieties and one major did state. Additionally, it features a census of 270 Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar specimens. A full page is devoted to each coin, including an obverse and reverse image, a description of key identification markers, and the provenance for each. Heritage has also set up a special web page,, which will feature periodic updates of new discoveries in the 1796-1797 half dollar census, as well as information about recent results for the coins at auction.

A Guide Book of United States Coins

If you collect U.S. coins, we highly recommend this book for your personal library: A Guide Book of United States Coins (2017), by R. S. Yeoman.

The Official Red Book® A Guide Book of United States Coins is 70 years young and going strong. Collectors around the country love the book's grade-by-grade values, auction records, historical background, detailed specifications, high-resolution photographs, and accurate mintage data. How rare are your coins? How much are they worth? The Red Book tells you, covering everything from early colonial copper tokens to hefty Old West silver dollars and dazzling gold coins. You'll find 32,500+ prices for more than 7,600 coins, tokens, medals, sets, and other collectibles. You'll also round out your education in commemoratives, Proof and Mint coins, error coins, Civil War tokens, Confederate coins, private gold, and all the latest National Park quarters, Presidential and Native American dollars, Lincoln cents, and more. Articles on investing, grading coins, and detecting counterfeits will make you a savvy collector; and entertaining essays on the history of American coinage, shipwrecks and hoards, and the modern rare-coin market give you an inside look at the hobby of kings. These are just some of the features of the informative, entertaining, invaluable Red Book the world's best-selling coin price guide (more than 23 million copies sold). - 464 pages - full color - 7.7 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches

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