1823 O-101a R1, Patched 3, Capped Bust Half Dollar
Generally common and available up through MS66, but in very high demand.
PCGS Graded AU55. Images courtesy of Lance Keigwin
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 mm. and 50 leans to the left. Arrow to A is 1/2 mm. Right sides of D-E are in line. Two arrowheads are close and attached to shafts above.
1823 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-101: 5Overall Number: 158
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
04/15 Heritage (CSNS-Chicago) NGC MS66
01/16 Stack's-B (Pogue Part 3) PCGS MS65 (former NGC MS66 (Kaufman/Eliasberg))
01/14 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) PCGS MS64 (Ex-Friend)
02/07 Heritage (Long Beach) PCGS MS64
12/09 Alpine Numismatics FPL PCGS MS64