1813 O-107 R4 Capped Bust Half Dollar
O-107 R4 is below, and O-107a R1 is at bottom
The prime die state without the die cracks is scarcer than the 107a with a whole lot of cracks. A very interesting die marriage that is well worth a study and is especially common with many clashes and cracks. The Newman 107a is finest at MS67.
NGC Graded AU50. Neat original early die state example. Slightly subdued luster with a greenish-yellow/olive drab coating of toning. Slightly off center as well. Edge lettering is messed up, missing the A and OR, reading FIFTY CENTS HALF DOLLAR.
Variety Attribution: Lower inside point of star 10 is recut. date is 9 3/4 mm. and 8 is larger than other figures.Most specimens show fine cracks from below 8. One up across base of 1 and end of bust, to join all stars on left.the other up through 13 to lower edge of back curl, then passing close to inner point for star 12, to stars 11, 10, 9. A small horizontal crack from curl just above ribbon end. Early specimens without these obverse cracks are RARE. There are many clash marks.
The above example only has the horizontal crack through ribbon and the beginning of the crack across 13 obverse, and the crack from S to scroll, along with a crack from 5 to U reverse.
O-107a: Die cracks from below 8. One up across base of 1 and end of bust, to join all stars on left, and curves above cap. the other through 13 to lower edge of back curl, then passing close to inner point of star 12, to stars 11, 10, 9. A horizontal crack from curl to just above ribbon end. A new crack has developed crossing curl, drapery and clasp to lower neck. Still another branching form the first crack below 18, passes up between these figures to drapery, with small joining break and patch below 1.
Reverse-50 C. 1 3/4 mm. Arrow to A is 1 1/4 mm. A defect line from end of leaf under tip of wing, extends to rim. AM nearly touch at base and A is slightly higher. A fine die crack from last S through O and to scroll develops first. Another crack from 5 to the left that joins olive leaves and UNITED STATE at top. Crown of cap usually clashed marked at 50 C. and arrows.
O-107a: Die crack from last S through O crosses scroll to wing, across wing and arrowheads across top of C to top of 0. Another crack from 5 to the left that joins olive leaves and UNITED STATE at top with a lump at TE, and a new crack now crosses neck of eagle, from left wing to scroll. Multiple clash marks are normal.
PCGS Graded XF45. Lots of colors as you can see. Die cracks galore. This is one variety that every CBH nut should have. An over abundance of luster makes the grade.
1813 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-107: 10
Overall Number: 72
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-107:
09/09 Stack's (Americana-Philly) NGC MS64
03/16 Stack's-B (Baltimore Rarities) NGC MS63
08/16 Stack's-B (ANA-Anaheim) PCGS MS62
01/08 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) NGC MS62
08/15 Heritage (ANA-Chicago) PCGS AU58
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records O-107a:
11/13 Heritage (Newman) NGC MS67+* CAC (Prob Finest)
08/16 Heritage (ANA-Anaheim) NGC MS65
01/16 Heritage (FUN-Tampa) NGC MS64
01/14 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) PCGS MS64 (Former PCGS MS63)
12/08 Alpine Numismatics FPL PCGS MS64