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1796 16 Stars Half Dollar

1796 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6057, 6058
Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 3,918 (includes Half Dollars dated 1797)
Proofs: none

Designer: Obverse by Robert Scot, reverse by John Eckstein

Diameter: ±32.5 millimeters
Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%
Weight: ±208 grains (±13.5 grams)
Edge: Lettered - FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR (various ornaments between words)
Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

Varieties:
Overton 101
Overton 102

Notes:
Beware of modern reproductions from the Gallery Mint of Eureka, Arkansas that have had the word "COPY" ground off and the surfaces deliberately worn down to simulate a "new" variety of the 1796 Half Dollar.

The finest "15 Stars" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "16 Stars" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66. 

Significant examples:
1796 16 Stars 50c Net AU50
Estimated Value: $75,000.00



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