1806 draped half dollar

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Oklahomacoinguy, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. Hey guys I picked up this half for my type set about a year ago and curiosity has got the best of me. The die crack goes from the 6 in the date all the way to the fifth star. Is this considered a late die state? I'm a type collector not a variety or error one but I still think it's pretty cool. IMG_20210302_080100564.jpg IMG_20210302_080057206.jpg
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    potty dollar 1878 Florida girls have to love walking there sharks.

  4. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    It is a late state of obverse #9. There is an even later state with the die cracks even more pronounced and extending to the right edge below star 13
  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    It’s obverse of the same variety I have. It’s quite common.

    What is more interesting is the double punched “TY” in “LIBERTY.”
  6. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    In any event it's a very nice looking coin. I also see the TY anomaly, it makes it even more interesting.
  7. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    Nice coin.
    It certainly caught my attention.
  8. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Has this coin been cleaned?
  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Nice Half Dollar. Die cracks are common on these older coins.
  10. Thanks guys. I've never noticed the double punch before thanks for pointing that out. Maybe I should start getting into varieties. And I'm sure it's been cleaned at some point in the past, but nothing abrasive and has since retoned.
  11. mike estes

    mike estes Well-Known Member

    hey Oklahomacoinguy you got a really nice coin. good luck with your set(s)
  12. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    Piece of history there...nice coin
  13. WFN

    WFN Member

    Nice coin.

    From the obverse die stage, it appears to be O.116/T-20 die stage 2, almost DS-3.

    However, the obverse working die was used once again on the final die marriage of 1806, O-117/T-30. The die was lapped heavily in an effort to get one more usage. The effect of this lapping was grinding away some of the detail - compare the curls next to S1 and 1 in the date. Also, the re-punched T has been lapped away! In very late stages of O.117/T-30 it is called the "half head" because most of the ribbon and curls have been ground off. The image below is from a O.117/T-30 that I bought from a Heritage auction in 2019:

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  14. That is really interesting. Thanks for the info!
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