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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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2
175
1
2
4
250
3
4
45+
3,400
45+
50+
3,900
50+
53+
5,150
53+
55+
8,900
1
55+
58+
13,500
58+
60
18,500
60
62
45,000
2
62
62+
55,000
62+
63+
100,000
63+
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  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1678, $57,200 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:559, $115,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's, sold privately in 5/1976 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:31, $19,550 - Superior 1/2004:2428, $25,875 - Heritage 7/2004:6437, $77,625 - Superior 1/2006:447, not sold - Superior 5/2006:1748, not sold - Stack's 5/2006:1748, $69,000 - Superior 1/2008:156, not sold - Stack's 7/2009:525, $70,000 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7342, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11430, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 7/2013:4105, $88,125 - Heritage 7/2015:3128, $99,875

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, Part I - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2015:1107, $76,375 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:188, not sold - “Chicago” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2012:4498, $35,250 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2013:2063, $35,250 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2063, $35,250 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

4 MS62 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1678, $57,200 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:559, $115,000

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Stack's, sold privately in 5/1976 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:31, $19,550 - Superior 1/2004:2428, $25,875 - Heritage 7/2004:6437, $77,625 - Superior 1/2006:447, not sold - Superior 5/2006:1748, not sold - Stack's 5/2006:1748, $69,000 - Superior 1/2008:156, not sold - Stack's 7/2009:525, $70,000 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7342, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 8/2012:11430, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 7/2013:4105, $88,125 - Heritage 7/2015:3128, $99,875

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, Part I - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2015:1107, $76,375 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:188, not sold - “Chicago” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2012:4498, $35,250 - Stack's/Bowers 2/2013:2063, $35,250 - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:2063, $35,250 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

4 MS62 estimated grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 estimated grade  

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $20 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society, Part II - Heritage 11/2013:33421, $30,550 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:126, $30,550

6 AU58 estimated grade  

Stack’s 3/1998:486 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30465, $23,500

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.