Coins Certified as of 1/21

My Coin #16374561

1823 50C Patched 3 MS64

PCGS#: 6133

Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The so-called "Patched 3" is one of the more interestaing varieties among Capped Bust Half Dollars.  The variety is actually a die state of Overton 101, which started out as a fairly normal 3, although the top and the bottom halves of the 3 are barely connected.  After a certain number of the 1823 O-101 Half Dollars were struck, an engraver took the obverse die and attempted to repair the 3, though the fix came out worse in appearance than the original.  The 1823
Patched 3" is known as Overton 101a and, though it is a late state of O-101, it is collected as a completely different variety (this is akin to the 1807 O-111b "Bearded Goddess, which is also a late state of the O-111 dies).

The "Patched 3" Half Dollar is a common variety and can be found in high grade.  At least two dozen Mint State examples are known, with the best topping out at MS66.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 1,694,200 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 600 R-5.8 12 / 72 TIE 13 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 22 / 72 TIE 23 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 72 TIE 1 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade Dale Friend Collection
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade