1828 O-109 R3, Square Base 2, Large 8's, Capped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse: 5 (Second Marriage)
Somewhat common with a couple of Gems at the top of the census. The O-109 is less common than the O-108, as part of a two marriage type with a slightly higher demand.
PCGS Graded AU50. Ex Don Frederick. Don notes: VEDS (Very Early Die State) strike. Sharp & choice original toning. AU55. Heritage notes: The reverse is cracked through the tops of all the letters as usual. The Frederick Collection coin has a sharp strike with considerable luster beneath attractive violet, blue, and gold toning.
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars are medium large with points close to milling. Date has Large 8's with 2's having a square base and knobbed top. Figures are very close and low, width is 8 1/4 mm. and first 8 is recut inside loops, probably over a small 8. Small engraving tool mark 1/4 mm. long from drapery at right breast. Triangular die defect between breasts.
Reverse- 50 C. is 1 3/4 mm. and high. Arrow and A nearly touch. I is centered under T. A die crack completely encircles reverse at outer edges of legend and just inside milling, on most specimens. Third line of stripe 4 well below shield. First line of stripe 5 to crossbar 3. Other lines to second and fourth crossbars.
1828 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-109: 11Overall Number: 280
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
11/13 Heritage (Newman) NGC MS66+ CAC
10/16 Heritage (Dallas) NGC MS64
03/16 Stack's-B (Baltimore Rarities) NGC MS64
04/15 Heritage (CSNS-Chicago) NGC MS64
08/12 Stack's-B (ANA-Philly) NGC MS64