1803 Cohen 4, R4, NGC AU53 CAC w some color. Walter Breen Collection
1803 C-4, B-4 Half Cent, AU53
Extra Berry Reverse
1803 C-4, B-4, Low R.4, AU53 NGC. CAC. Our EAC grade XF40. 84.2 grains. Breen Die State II. Manley Die State 1.0 as always. 360 Degree Die Alignment. No Fuhrman die states are observed for this variety that has a reverse die also appearing on 1805 C-2. The extra berry outside the wreath below the first T in STATES provides immediate identification. We know that all examples of the 1803 C-4 were actually struck in 1805 due to the use of a new punch for the three Ts on the reverse. Current students of the half cent series rate this variety Low R.4 or High R.3. William Eckberg estimates a surviving population of 175 coins, and they are rarely found above the XF grade level. He writes that \\\\”fewer than five are known in AU and better.\\\\” This splendid representative displays dappled umber and tawny-brown surfaces that retain traces of luster.
Ex: Boston Collector; Walter Breen Collection; Jon Hanson (4/15/1968); Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.