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    1803 Draped Bust Half Dollar, AU58
    O-104, Scarce Small 3 Variant

    1803 50C Small 3, Large Reverse Stars, O-104, R.3, AU58 NGC. The sole die pair for 1803 with a Small 3 in the date, easily identified for the lack of a top serif on the 3. This is a minimally worn example, with extremely sharp hair detail and only slight wear on the eagle. Feather detail above the shield is bold for the grade. Iridescent shades form a rich patina on both sides, with lilac, blue, and reddish-gold hues combining for a pleasing melange. Mint luster remains plentiful beneath the toning. Only minor ticks and marks exist from contact or circulation. As normally seen for the Small 3 variety, die clashing is prominent above the date and to a lesser extent on the reverse. Census (all varieties): 14 in 58, 7 finer (7/15). (NGC ID# 24EF, Variety PCGS# 39274, Base PCGS# 6067)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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