1810 O-104 R3 Capped Bust Half Dollar
O-104 R3? below, O-104a R3? at bottom
This one makes my toughest R3 list with only a 15 problem free MS and AU examples appearing the past 10 years, two of which from a recent single collection that was liquidated. There are a handful of MS examples out there with another small group of AU's. The total number of examples surviving seems to be split between the two die states, with R3 as the overall rarity and maybe each die state being a low R4. It is possible that the best of this marriage have all been scooped up by the die marriage collectors leaving the dregs for everyone else.
Variety Attribution: Obverse- Star 1 is 1 1/4 mm. from drapery and star 13 slightly over 1/4 mm. from curl. Date is 9 1/2 mm. and well centered.
O-104a: There is a fine die crack from end of bust through first four stars and to forecurl.
Reverse- 50 C. is 1 3/4 mm. Arrow to A is 1/2 mm. Center dot between crossbars 4 and 5. A die defect lump at upper edge of shield left of center that extends downward to crossbar 3. AM very close at base. Vertical lines in field between left wing and eagles head.
O-104a: There is a die crack at top of D STAT and little or no milling.
1810 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-104: 10
Overall Number: 39
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
08/16 Heritage (ANA-Anaheim) NGC MS63 CAC Gold
08/13 Stacks-B (ANA-Chicago) ANACS MS63
09/16 Heritage (Long Beach) NGC MS62
01/15 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) PCGS MS62 (CAC)
06/18 Heritage (Long Beach) PCGS (S) AU58
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-104a:
08/16 Heritage (ANA-Anaheim) NGC MS64 CAC
08/18 Downey MBS 47 (ANA-Philly) PCGS MS62 (Cape Cod Collection)
08/09 Downey MBS 34 NGC MS62 (Ex Meyer)
12/17 Heritage (Dallas) PCGS AU58 CAC
08/17 Heritage (ANA-Denver) PCGS AU58