1828 O-122 R3, Square Base 2, Small 8's, Large Letters, Capped Bust Half Dollar
Obverse: 13 (Second Marriage)
There is a pretty nice handful of Gems at the top of the census, and AU's appear enough on the market to obtain decent examples.
PCGS Graded AU50. This one is from the Stu Witham collection. It has a cartwheel of rainbow colors on top of rather deep toning. He had noted it as an AU55. Wear is nearly undetectable. It is rather difficult to make out the rim break at stars 5 and 6. Yes there is a minor scratch that is exaggerated by huge images and bright lighting.....
Variety Attribution: Obverse-Stars are large and close to milling. Star 13 is 1/4 mm. from curl. Date is 8 1/2 mm. Square base 2 small 8's. Mouth is open. A rim break opposite stars 5 and 6 is diagnostic and exists on most specimens. A small patch of corrugated die defect marks usually show to left of date.
Reverse- 50 C. is 1 mm. and set high with a C much larger than 50. Arrow to A is 1/4 mm. Left side of I under center of T. M is sharply lower at base than adjacent E.
1828 Leaman-Gunnet Emission Sequence Number for O-122: 19Overall Number: 288
Top five condition census coins from last 10 years of auction and sale records:
01/15 Heritage (FUN-Orlando) PCGS MS65 (ex-NGC MS65)
12/14 Legend (Regency-Las Vegas) PCGS MS65 CAC (Ex-Merkin)
04/13 Heritage (CSNS-Chicago) NGC MS65
02/12 Heritage (Long Beach) NGC MS65
05/09 Hertiage (Long Beach) NGC MS65