1807 O-109A R3 Draped Bust Half Dollar



Obverse: 6
Reverse: F (Third Marriage, the first being O-121 from 1806 (Rev M))
O-109a R3 is below, O-109 R7? is at bottom

There is a perfect example of the early die state (SP65) that is a special strike and is clearly the finest struck for this die marriage, but most others are AU and below, and further study may knock this down to the R4 range. It seems examples appear rather infrequently.

NGC Graded VF25. This one has sort of a concave appearance (granted it is in a holder) that gives the appearance that Miss Liberty is sticking out a bit and the eagle is in slightly. Something to do with the cracks perhaps? Details in hair are weak but star detail is sharp. Eagle's head and breast details are weak but the rest of the eagle and shield are sharp. Minimal wear and luster in devices suggests a higher grade. Some hairlines present from mishandling.
1807, O-109A, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109A, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109A, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109A, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
Variety Attribution: Obverse- O-109: Stars are well in from milling, as is LIBERTY and date, thus forming a small circle. Stars 7-8-13 are only about 1/4 mm. from L, Y and bust. Date is 7 mm. and high. Large 180 and slender 7 with 1 nearly touching curl.
O-109a: Die crack from below 8, up across base of 0 though 7 to bust. Another through 0 left through 18 and joins stars 1 through 7. A third from edge above star 7 though LIBERTY to star 11, three cracks from edge to second crack, one at star 2, one at star 5 and final at star 6.

Reverse- O-109: Berries have rather thick stems. Point of leaf to extreme right base of I. Beak comes down on upper side of star point.AM joined at base and A joined to third feather. Right base of F missing.
O-109a: Die crack from edge above E in UNITED across left wing tip and top of states.


1807, O-109, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807, O-109, Draped Bust, Half Dollar
1807 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-109: 2

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records (O-109):
01/13 Heritage (FUN-Orlando)          PCGS SP65
10/12 Heritage (ANA-Dallas)              NCS AU50 (Cleaning)
07/05 Downey MBS 31 (ANA-SF)       VF20
01/13 Downey FPL                              PCGS F12

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records (O-109a):
10/15 Heritage (New York)                NGC AU55
07/15 Heritage (FUN-Orlando)          NGC AU55  
10/10 Heritage (Stamford)                 NGC AU55
04/13 Heritage (CSNS Chicago)        PCGS AU50
01/08 Heritage (FUN-Orlando)          PCGS AU50