1823 'Ugly 3' Capped Bust Half, AU551823 50C Ugly 3 AU55 PCGS. O-110a, R.3. A popular Guide Book variety often confused with the similar Patched 3 (O-101a and O-102). Called the "Ugly 3 variety" because of the die crack that extends from the rim to the right side of the 3 in the date, causing the 3 to be "rough and ill shaped" (according to Overton). A reverse die crack runs through the olive leaves, enters the lower part of the eagle's right (left facing) wing, and exits above before fading out to the left of the eagle's beak. A second crack runs down from the eagle's left wing through the arrowheads and 50 C before it terminates at the rim. This Choice AU piece retains significant luster, and displays mottled russet-orange and electric-turquoise toning on both sides. Typically worn and lightly marked for the grade.
From The Eagle Harbor Collection. (NGC ID# 24FJ, PCGS# 6134)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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