1808 O-109 R3 Capped Bust Half Dollar


Obverse: 9
Reverse: H (Second Marriage)

O-109 R3 below, O-109a R3 at bottom

Early die  states seem to have multiple clash marks and is also somewhat more difficult to obtain than the later state with die cracks. Overall an R3, I believe the 109 early die state to be more of an R4 or R5. Oddly, there is a group of 109a's out there that are absolutely hammered with perfect details. An MS67 109a tops the census for the die marriage overall.
1808, O-109 R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109 R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109 R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109 R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars large and sharp. date is 8 3/4 mm., small figures evenly spaced and high. Bottom of L has serrations. A die crack is visible from edge through left side of 0 to bust on most specimens.

O-109a: A die crack is  visible from edge through left side of 0 to bust. Additional die cracks, one from edge left of date to base of 1 and 8, another from edge at this crack through star 1, another from edge below second 8 curves up through curls, ribbon, forecurl to edge at star 6, another from edge through star 12 to join last crack at ribbon. Stars 1 and 7 point to segment centers.

Reverse-50 C. is 3 mm. Arrow to A is 1 mm. Arrowheads close with two lower ones joined. A small weak center dot above wing. I centered under right side of T.

O-109a: Late die state has no milling.



1808, O-109a R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109a R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109a R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808, O-109a R3, Capped Bust, Half Dollar
1808 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-109: 4
Overall Number: 8

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-109:
01/12 Heritage (FUN-Orlando)              NGC MS61
04/10 Heritage (CSNS-Milwaukee)       PCGS AU55
01/06 Heritage (Reiver-Dallas)             NGC AU53
12/15 Heritage (Houston)                      NGC AU50
04/10 Heritage (CSNS-Frederick)         PCGS AU50

Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-109a:
09/15 Stack's-B (Pogue Part II)              PCGS MS67
03/15 Heritage (CSNS-Chicago)            NGC MS66
12/15 Heritage (Houston)                       PCGS MS65+ CAC
01/14 Heritage (FUN-Orlando                PCGS MS64
12/08 Alpine Numismatics FPL              PCGS MS64