1806 O-122 R6 Draped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse: 10 (Third Marriage)
A true toughie with a PCGS AU55 being finest. This one does draw a significant premium when ballyhood by auction houses. Half the examples appear to have problems as well. Steve Tompkins locate over 20 examples lowering the rarity rating recently to R6.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-All stars have sharp points. S7 is 1 mm. from L. Star 8 is only 1/2 mm.from Y and Star 13 is 1/2 mm from bust. Date is a close 7 3/4 mm. and high. 1 and 6 nearly touch curl and bust. Y recut at left side.
Reverse-5 berries and all have short stems. Point of leaf to right base of I and a close 1/4 mm. Point of star joined to beak near its point. E in UNITED recut at left side. A2 is solidly joined to both third feather and M. Upper left star has been recut or repunched at upper three points. A pronounced and rough die break from milling just left of tail feathers, rus up between stripes 2 and 3, to top of the shield. Late states show a die crack from the first through arrow feathers through base of U below NITED into left wing feathers.
1806 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-122: 23
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records :
01/09 Stack's (Orlando) PCGS XF40
04/10 Heritage (CSNS-Frederick) PCGS VF30
07/08 Heritage (ANA-Baltimore) NGC VF30
02/12 Heritage (Long Beach) ANACS VF25 det (cleaned)
08/16 Downey MBS 43 (ANA-Anahem) PCGS VF20 details (plugged)