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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dollars 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1803 50C Large 3 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
6066
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
188,234
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$115,000 • PCGS MS63 • 8-11-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 9 / 13 12 / 16
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 8 / 13 TIE 10 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 13 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1678 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:559, $115,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

Hain Family Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1/1990 - Stack's 1/2002:1220, $25,300 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1107, $76,375

5 MS62 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1678 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:559, $115,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade

Hain Family Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1/1990 - Stack's 1/2002:1220, $25,300 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1107, $76,375

5 MS62 PCGS grade  
5 MS62 estimated grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade  
7 AU58 PCGS grade  
9 AU58 estimated grade  
9 AU58 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: 1803 Half Dollars are found with either a Large or a Small 3 in the date.  The most noticeable difference between the two varieties is the thickness and shape of the top bar and serif of the 3's.  The Large 3 is a fairly common variety and appears to be roughly five times more common than the Small 3 variety.

The 1803 Large 3 Half Dollar is extremely rare in Mint State, with only five examples certified thus far by PCGS (as of February 2012).  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS-64.