Michael Kolman Sr. (Federal Brand Enterprises), sold privately in 1953 - Andrew Sydlak Collection - Richard Burdick, Anthony Terranova, and Bruce Amspacher, sold privately - David Akers, sold privately in 1/1989 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2083, $440,625
Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3502, $126,500
The 1803/2 Half Eagle is represented by over one hundred Mint State examples, most of which grade MS62 and MS63. Over a dozen "choice" MS64 examples are known, but Gem examples are exceedingly rare. The finest are two MS66s, neither of which has appeared at auction in a PCGS holder. The price record is held by an old-holdered PCGS MS65 that sold for $126,500 in 2007.
Four different die varieties qualify as the 1803/2 overdate: BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, and BD-4. The first three varieties share the same obverse; the BD-4 variety has a slightly stronger overdate, though all four varieties show a clear 3/2 overdate.
David Akers (1975/88): Along with the 1806 Round Top 6, this date is one of the two most common dates of the type. It is available in all grades up to choice uncirculated. Despite their relative availability, however, choice specimens are very costly today because of the great popularity of U.S. gold coins, particularly early ones, in choice condition. The strike on a typical 1803/2 is comparable to that of the 1802/1, that is, softer than usually encountered on the 1800 or 1804, the two most often well struck dates of the type. Proof-like surfaces are not unusual.
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