1803 Cohen 2, R.4 Half Cent EF details, ex Walter Breen Collection
1803 C-2, B-2 Half Cent, XF Details
Important Early Die State
1803 C-2, B-2, High R.4 — Environmental Damage — NGC Details. XF. Our EAC grade VG10. 83.2 grains. Breen Die State V. Manley Die State 3.0. Fuhrman Die State 2 or 3. The die state is difficult to determine due to the surface quality of this sharply detailed piece.
A note in the hand of Walter Breen accompanies this coin and states in part: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”This is another variety that is impossible to find above Fine & on a clean & lightly colored planchet. The majority of these are dark like this one, but much more porous or rough.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” The bluish-steel and caramel-brown surfaces show light granularity on both sides. In The half Cent, 1793-1857, The Story of America\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s Greatest Little Coin, William R. Eckberg suggests that about 100 examples survive, and he further notes that only about a dozen of those grade VF or better.
Ex: Walter Breen Collection; Jon Hanson (3/12/1967); Donald G. Partrick.