According to Mint delivery records, the total production of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollars (1796-1797) was 3,918 coins.
Fewer than 300 examples survive.
The only rarer design types in American numismatics are the 1796 No Stars and the 1808 quarter eagles.
Due to the research of the late Dr. Jon P. Amato, published in 2012 as The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797, Numismatic Background and Census, we know that nearly equal numbers of 1796 and 1797 half dollars are extant, so we can assume that approximately equal numbers were produced.
Approximately 135 examples of the 1797 survive today, including eight Mint State pieces and three AU examples, so the present representative ranks among the 10 finest 1797 half dollars.
This is a lovely, brilliant, sharply detailed example, with delicate gold toning that enhances the prooflike surfaces.
Additionally, it is far more eye appealing in hand.
Listed at $220,800 in the CDN CPG (in AU55) and $265,000 in the PCGS price guide (in AU55+).
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