1797 O-102 R6- Draped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse 1 (Second Marriage)
The toughest of the Draped Bust Small Eagle die marriages. There are somewhere around 30 examples remaining.
Variety Attribution : Obverse-15 stars. Date close and high, with 1 and 7 close to curl and bust. Star 15 touches drapery. Star 9 very close to upper right serif of Y. Die begins to break up, with one of the earlier cracks from edge through star 2 to the curls and cracks continue to develop, until in its final stages there are numerous and extensive breaks.
Reverse- A leaf extends nearly across base of second T in STATES. A leaf also extends across the base of F to edge of serif. Other features similar to reverse A from 1796 and 1797 O-101: Fraction 1/2 well centered below ribbon knot. 10 berries on laurel branch.
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records :
08/08 Heritage (ANA-Baltimore) PCGS VF35
08/16 Heritage (ANA-Anaheim) PCGS VF30
01/09 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) NGC VF30
02/07 Goldberg (Pre-Long Beach) NGC VF30
08/08 Heritage (Denver) PCGS VF25 (a few pin scratches reverse)