1797 Draped Bust half dollar variety realizes $89,700 at auction

Coin among highlights in Stack's Bowers Galleries Philadelphia Americana sale
By , Coin World
Published : 09/25/11
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A 1797 Draped Bust half dollar variety, graded Extremely Fine 45 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., sold for $89,700 during Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sept. 14 to 16 auction in Philadelphia.

The coin is attributed as the Overton 101a variety in Early Half Dollar Varieties: 1794-1836 by Al C. Overton and Donald Parsley.

The 3,896-lot auction was held in conjunction with the Whitman Philadelphia Coin & Collectibles Expo.

The auction brought preliminary total prices realized of $4.5 million, with 88.5 percent of the lots reported sold. The prices realized include the 15 percent buyer’s fee added to the final closing hammer price of each lot won.

For additional information, contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries on the East Coast toll free at 800-566-2580 or on the West Coast at 800-458-4646. Email the firm at info@stacksbowers.com or visit the company’s website at www.stacksbowers.com.

Some highlights:

1792 Washington Getz pattern “cent” in copper, Baker 25 (Medallic Portraits of Washington by W.S. Baker), plain edge, Professional Coin Grading Service Genuine, Very Fine Details, Surfaces Tooled, $9,775.

1776 Continental Currency dollar in pewter, currency spelling, Newman 2-C (1776 Continental Currency & Varieties of the Fugio Cent by Eric P. Newman), NGC Mint State 64, $127,075.

1846 Coronet, Small Berries half cent, Second Restrike, Breen 3 (Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857), PCGS Proof 64 brown, $8,050.

1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, america, Periods cent, Sheldon 4 (Penny Whimsy by William H. Sheldon), VF-20, lightly smoothed (uncertified), $11,500.

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