1805 O-104 R5- Draped Bust Half Dollar
O-104 R5- below, O-104a R7? at bottom
This die marriage is rare above VF grades, with an AU58 likely the single finest. Late die state develops a neat cud around stars 9-12.
Variety Attribution O-104: Obverse-Star 7 has a point less than 1/4 mm. from base of L, star is 8 1/4 mm. from base of Y, and star is 13 1/2 mm. from bust. Date is 8 3/4 mm. and evenly spaced. The slender 5 is high and top of 1 about 1/4 mm. from curl. A fine die crack connects stars on left.
O-104a:The crack joining stars on left has now extended downward through die across drapery to star 12 and upward joining LIBERTY at top, then down through stars 8 and 9, culminating in a heavy rim break from stars 9 to 12 which develops into a cud.
O-104: Reverse-4 berries on olive breanch, three below have long stems and one above no stem. 13 arrows, second arrowhead below right stand of N, ME joined at base. Eagle's beak comes down on upper side of star point. Right base of F missing. Leaf nearly touches base of I just right of center.
O-104a: Several fine die cracks contiguous to the legend.
1805 Emission Sequence Number for O-104: 10 (based on O-114 being 8th)
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records (O-104):
03/10 David Lawrence (Picky Collection) PCGS AU58 CAC
12/19 Heritage (Dec-Signature) PCGS AU53
01/12 Alpine Numismatics FPL PCGS XF45
07/08 Heritage (ANA-Baltimore) NGC XF45
12/08 Heritage (ANA-Baltimore) NGC XF45
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records (O-104a):
03/18 Stacks-B (Baltimore) NGC AU53 (Sutton Court)
09/18 Heritage (Long Beach) PCGS F15 (ex-Reiver)
11/19 Stack's-B (Baltimore) PCGS (S) F12
06/12 Stack's-B (Baltimore) ANACS F12
01/18 Heritage (FUN-Tampa) PCGS VG08