Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by waybrig, Aug 25, 2019.
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One thing that really confused me with this coin was pictures I saw on PCGS's website with examples of MS66 and MS62 coins of this variety. They seem to show wear in the same areas and possibly even worse than mine so I'm thinking there must be something I am not looking at. Here is the page I'm referring to for the curious:
Yes, it is the O-103--one of if not the most common die marriage for the year. I would expect to pay somewhere around 1100 to 1200 dollars.
Edit to add...By the way, back in 1973 when I bought my first 1809 O-103 an AU was about 150 bucks.
Very nice coin.
It has been cleaned at some time in the past but not so harshly that I think the TPG's will reject it or Detail it. They are usually more lenient on older silver and copper that has been cleaned but not damaged in the process.
Definitely send it in. The coin is worth decent money, especially if it has the XXXX edge which is the most rare of the three edge varieties. This refers to the markings between some of the edge lettering. The other two are the |||| type and then no marking between the edge letters (called "normal").
It will not have either of the experimental edges. All O-103s are the plain edge.
For future reference...
Here are the differing edges in the order of production for 1809. The mint started the year using the plain edge (112, 113, 114, 115, and 111); started using the IIII edge (111'a', 109, 107, most 108); switched to the XXX edge (108a, 101, 110, 102, a few 102'a') then went back to the plain edge (102'a', 104, 105, 103 , 106).
108's are known with both the |||| edge and the XXX edge; 102 'a's are known with both the XXX and the plain edges.
"Stack's Auction. March 18, 1978.
1809 0.103. Brilliant Uncirculated (MS-60+). Sharply struck, with pale gold toning about the edges. A few contact marks on the lower face and neck, and a minute rub on a couple of high spots. Really a very choice example. Ex Merkin, lot 135, February 1972 sale. $440"
I believe every coin I have claims to be uncirculated or a proof but without the grading services in operation back then there was likely more variability in grading. I'm not sure if my father in law ever saw these coins before purchasing or just bought them based on the descriptions. They were still in the original sealed packages straight from the sale so I doubt that any additional wear took place after his purchase. He seems to have been an investor more than a true coin collector since I assume collectors like to have the coins somewhere attractive so they can admire them at least occasionally. These were stuffed away in boxes and some still may have never even been looked at since they were bought.
If anyone wants to see a particular year half dollar from ~1809 to 1900, let me know and I'll see about posting a pic if I have it. I don't believe there are any ultra rare varieties in this collection but nearly every year is represented and the vast majority seem to be high AU/low MS or Proofs.
I'm taking them to a dealer Wednesday morning to assist me with getting these graded and liquidated. The more I look at them the more I start getting drawn in by their mysteries so I need to get them out of my hands. There are a few I may end up keeping, not because of value necessarily but because of the history and beauty of the coins in general.
Wow. Me like. Love those crazy nines
WOW!! Seems like you were left quite a collection!! Please post some more pics, 1810- onward! Any Bust Half will do!
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