1803 O-104 R3 Small 3 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Obverse 2
Reverse C (Second Marriage)


There are but three MS coins currently certified by the services, with the Pogue/Hawn specimen being finest. The small 3 variety is the toughest 1803 variety, with only one die marriage being used, but it is somewhat available in most grades below MS.
1803, O-104, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-104, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-104, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1803, O-104, R3, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars are large and flat. Star 7 and 8 are close to L and Y. Date has a small 4 with no upright serif on top of crossbar. the 1 close to curl but does not touch. there is a die crack through tT that progressively gets heavier and exstends to hair.

Reverse-5 Berries and lowest berry has a very short stem, 13 arrows. Leaf is very close to right base of I. Star attached to front of beak well above the point. Usually there is a faint die crack beginning at ST then through clounds below TATE and upward at ES.

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
05/15 Stack's-B (Pogue-New York)         PCGS MS64 (Hawn)
10/14 Heritage (New York)                      NGC MS62
06/14 Heritage (Gardner-New York)      PCGS MS62 (Ex Queller, Prescott)
04/17 Heritage (Dallas)                            PCGS AU58 CAC (former NGC AU58 CAC)
02/16 Legend (Regency XVI)                   PCGS AU58 CAC