1823 O-109 R5+ Capped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse: 7 (Second Marriage)
A very tough variety, topped by a single MS64. It is possible for this one to soon be downgraded to a solid R5. Very few are known above VF.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars are large. Star 13 is 1/2 mm. from curl. Date is 8 mm. 23 is clearly larger than 18, with a 3 that is 2 mm. wide about 2 3/4 mm tall. The 3 has a very broad upper curl. The 3 has been strengthened at back center and entire figure has become rough and irregular. There are now several die cracks. One from edge crosses stars 5, 6, and 7, and cap to milling above star 8. Another from top of 1 curves above date and joins stars on right up to star 9. A third crosses end of bust and joins stars 1 through 4. By this stage (O-109) the cracks are sharper and the one across bust now reaches star 5 and top of 1. The one on right extends up through star 8 to join crack that crosses cap.
Reverse- 50C is 21/4 mm. and low. Arrow to A is 1/2 mm. No sign of center dot. Inside right serifs of A1 and A3 are missing but A2 has full serifs.
1823 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-109: 4Overall Number: 158
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
11/09 B&M (Baltimore) NGC MS61
08/10 Heritage (Witham-Boston) PCGS AU58
01/11 Heritage (FUN-Tampa) PCGS AU50 CAC
01/17 Heritage (FUN-Lauderdale) PCGS VF35
01/17 Downey MBS 44 PCGS VF30