||1803 50C Large 3 MS61 NGC. O-101, R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. This lovely Mint State piece is one of just eight pieces that NGC has certified as MS60 or finer, for all four die varieties, and only two of those are finer than this example. Both sides have light silver luster at the centers with bands of gold and sea-green toning. The strike is a trifle weak in places, and the cheek and neck show minor slide marks. The 1803 is vastly underrated in Mint State. Type collectors may have their pick of uncirculated coins dated 1806 and 1807. The date collector must look long and hard to find one dated 1803. Following the limited mintage of half dollars in 1801 and 1802, production increased to 188,234 coins in 1803, with that production distributed among four die marriages. All four varieties are approximately equal in rarity, and three of the four are from a single obverse die with a Large 3. Census: 6 in 61, 2 finer (10/13). Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $20.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $30,550.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.