Stunning 1808 O-105 Half Dollar, MS671808 50C MS67 PCGS. O-105, R.3. This is the second year of production for John Reich's Capped Bust design and the second and final year of use for the first Capped Bust half dollar master die. Dr. Glenn Peterson talked about these coins in the introduction to the year 1808 in his half dollar attribution guide: "At the Mint, the first master die for half dollars is used for the second, and last, year -- a tall, handsome design of Miss Liberty often softly struck in the center due to Mint machinery lacking sufficient force to bring up all the details on this design. No half dimes, dimes, or quarters were produced this year. John Reich introduced the Classic Head type to large cents and the Capped Bust design to quarter eagles."
This half dollar is unusually sharply struck. Each of the 13 stars on the obverse shows its individual detail as does the drapery clasp on Liberty's shoulder. All of the hair curls are well defined, even including the usually weak hair to the right of her neck. The rich golden-rose toning on the obverse has speckles of ivory shining through, with fully complete and frosty luster beneath. The reverse is likewise sharply struck. Only the slightest weakness is noted on the very top edge of the left-hand wing. The individual feathers of the left wing, and especially those just to the left of the shield border, are completely detailed. Both the horizontal and vertical lines of the shield are also sharply defined. The reverse coloration is nearly the same as the obverse. This is a gorgeous and Superb Gem 1808 half dollar that will please the connoisseur. Population: 4 in 67, 0 finer (3/09).
Ex: Heritage (11/2004), lot 7371.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24EP, PCGS# 6090)
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