1797 DRAPED BUST 50C, SMALL EAGLE AU55
VERY RARE. ONLY 2,984 STRUCK. JUST 6 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
NGC Graded Higher:
In 1797, William Tate, an American Colonel of a French military force landed on the island of Britain in what is called the Last Invasion of Britain. His parents were rumored to have been killed by pro-British Native Americans in the Revolutionary War, giving him cause to lead this doomed expedition. Tate was no American patriot, however, and the South Carolina native was suspected of helping plan a French invasion of New Orleans and fled to Paris in 1797. It was very likely that Tate brought coins like the 1797 half dollar across the Atlantic with him and, given that he invaded Britain just months later, one of these half dollars could have participated in the last time a foreign force landed on the shores of mainland Great Britain.