O.114 R5. Possible Tie second finest Known. From the Charlton Meyer Collection of capped Bust Halves [the only public-disclosed complete set of 450 die marriages listed in AL Overton's reference]. Provence Ex: Pugh and Ghering Prouty Collection. Only four mint state examples of this popular redbook variety exist. The current finest known is a PCGS MS63 in a southern collection of Capped Bust Halves and is listed in the PCGS registry. This coin is tied or perhaps has bit finer surfaces than the Ex: Reiver NGC MS63 coin. The fourth condition census coin IMHO is Ex:Witham in a PCGS MS62 holder. This coin was obtained from Sheridan Downey Mail Bid Sale on 7/30/2008 of the Charlton Meyer Collection.
Overton 114 is the only variety of 1830 with large lettering on the reverse. Since all of the other 1830 varieties have so-called "Small Letters" reverses, why was this one used? The explanation is that this reverse was leftover after having been used to strike Half Dollars in 1828, then it was re-entered into service in 1830. This was not an unusual occurrence, as two leftover reverse dies from 1829 were also used in 1830, but both of those had Small Letters reverses, so their use was not as obvious as that of the Large Letters Reverse. O-114 is a rare variety made even more popular as somewhat of a type coin for the year. It is difficult to locate in AU or better condition, and it is exceedingly rare in Mint State. We know of only four distinctly different Uncirculated examples, none of which are better than MS63. The price record for this date belongs to the former Jules Reiver coin, sold by Heritage in 2006 as an NGC MS63 for $18,400. None of the three PCGS MS63 examples have appeared on the market.
Dr. Charles Link Collection
Witham Collection of Capped Bust Half Dollars - Heritage 8/2010:3155, $14,950 - Dr. Charles Link Collection
Coin Galleries 8/1983:1824 - Jules Reiver Collection - Heritage 1/2006:23162, $18,400