1801 O-101 R3 Draped Bust Half Dollar
A tough die marriage in higher grades than XF, with most examples at VF or lower. The Pogue coin (MS63) that sold in 2015 may be finest.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Large stars and 1 and 13 are close to curl and bust. Large close date.
Reverse-A2 close to wing but does not touch. 5 berries, 13 arrows. Numerous die defect lumps including a large onebetween ER, another joins three segments of milling below the arrow shafts. Others at arrow points, left base of N, above arrow points and below left wing. Many smaller ones apparently from a rusted and pitted die. Clash lines in clouds, at OF, below right wing on most specimens.
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
05/15 Stack's-B (Pogue-New York) PCGS MS63
04/09 Heritage (CSNS-Cincinnati) PCGS MS63
10/14 Heritage (Gardner-New York) NGC MS62 (Noblet)
06/17 Stack's-B (Baltimore) PCGS MS60 (Queller)
08/16 Heritage (ANA-Anaheim) NGC AU58 (some pitting lower reverse)