1803 O-101 R3 Large 3 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Obverse 1
Reverse A


This die pair is obtainable in XF and AU grades, but very rare in MS which is typical for the 1801-1805 run of bust halves. There has been a decent run of appearances of the surviving MS coins recently, which can be deceptive!
1803, O-101, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-101, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-101, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-101, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars all large and sharp. Stars 7 and 8 very close to L and Y. 1 touches curl. The large 3 is close to bust and has a vertical serif at top. Some show a fine die crack at top of LIBERTY.

Reverse-5 Berries, 12 arrows. Leaf is solidly attached to right base of I. Left base of A2 sets on end of fourth feather and is solidly attached to third feather.

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
05/15 Stack's-B (Pogue-New York)          PCGS MS63 (Hain)
08/06 ANR (Old West-Franklinton)           PCGS MS63 (Eliasberg)
09/12 Heritage (Long Beach)                   NGC MS62+
02/16 Stack's-B (February Rarities)         NGC MS61 (Newman)
07/15 Stack's-B (Baltimore)                      NGC MS61