1812 O-109 R2 Capped Bust Half Dollar
O-109 R3? top, O-109a R2 at bottom
This die marriage does have several mint state examples in at the top of its census along with a few gems, but the neat features of the die state progression tend to promote hoarding. This marriage may be tougher than the R2 suggests. Early die state AU's are nearly impossible to find.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Date is 9 3/4 mm. and well centered. Serif and curl of 2 have square cut ends. There is a low rounded bump at the inner point of star 10. It varies in boldness but is visible on all seen.
O-109a: Little or no milling.
Reverse-50 C. is 1 3/4 mm and low. A-A is 1/2 mm. Center dot between crossbars 4 and 5. AM nearly touch at base. Very close triple segments below 5.
O-109a: A number of heavy die defect ridges and lumps at the lower outside of left wing and from the inner side through upper olive leaves. NOTE: Due to lapping of the reverse dies these defects and lumps may be almost imperceptible. Little or no milling. Line 3 of strip 2 broken and doubled.
PCGS Graded XF45. Smoky light silver-gray toning with yellow-orange highlights. Lots of luster for the grade, but proper wear for the grade.
1812 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-109: 4
Overall Number: 56
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-109:
08/07 Downey MBS 33 NGC MS63 (Ex-Tidwell)
01/09 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) IGC MS61
04/10 Heritage (CSNS-Milwaukee) PCGS XF45 (Frederick)
05/09 Heritage (CSNS-Cincinnati) PCGS XF45 (Meyer)
02/06 Heritage (Long Beach) ANACS XF45
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-109a:
01/08 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) NGC MS66
04/09 Heritage (CSNS-Cincinnati) NGC MS65 (Ex-Garrett/Kaufman)
02/11 Heritage (Long Beach) NGC MS65
11/16 Heritage (New York) PCGS MS64 Gold CAC
04/10 Heritage (Frederick-CSNS) PCGS MS64 CAC