1823 O-102 R4, Patched 3, Capped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse: 1 (Second Marriage)
Reverse: B (Second Marriage)
The much more scarce patched 3 variety. Apperances above XF grades are rather rare, with just a couple MS63's at the top of the census.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Center dot on neck. Date is 8 1/2 mm with a high 3 that appears broken in the center, with upper and lower halves barely joined at an unnatural angle. This 3 also leans to the right, the only 1823 variety found that does, all other 1823's have threes that are upright or lean to the left. Also the three has a tight upper curl with a square end and the top seems too large for the bottom, which is rather flat and open. A small punch has been sunk in the die at the junction of the two halves of the 3 to strengthen the connection.
Reverse- 50C is 2 1/4 mm. Arrow to A is 1/2 mm. Center dot between crossbars 4 and 5. Left side of T and right side of I in line. No inside right serifs on A's. Line 1 of stripe 5 extends slightlybelow border of shield. A fine die crack through ED ST. Another joins olive leaves. Top of S in PLURIBUS filled on most specimens.
1823 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-102: 6Overall Number: 159
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
01/11 Heritage (FUN-Tampa) NGC MS63 (Prooflike)
04/08 Heritage (CSNS-Chicago) NGC MS63
04/10 Heritage (Frederick-CSNS) PCGS AU58 det hairlines
08/07 Downey MBS 33(Rutherford) AU55
08/07 Downey MBS 33 (Rutherford) NGC AU58