A new die pairing for the Draped Bust Half Dollar series was submitted to NGC for certification during the recent Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. This coin was certified by NGC as VF-20 and is presently unique.
1807 Half Combines Known Reverse with New Obverse
new die pairing for the Draped Bust Half Dollar series
was submitted to NGC for certification during the recent
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. This coin was
certified by NGC as VF-20 and is presently unique.
Al C. Overton's book Early Half Dollar Die Varieties
1794-1836 is the standard reference for this very
popular series. Its current third edition lists some
10 die pairings, or varieties, for the Draped Bust
Halves of 1807 (O-101 through O-110). This year is transitional
with the Capped Bust type, for which another four die
pairings (O-111 through O-114) are known, dated 1807.
Since Overton left no gap in his numbering sequence
for additional 1807 Draped Bust Halves, this new variety
has been labeled O-115 in agreement with notable specialists
in the series.
The discovery of this new variety makes for a very interesting
numismatic tale. It was posted for discussion on the
Internet by owner David Baker as perhaps O-104, which
shares the same reverse die with O-103 and the newly-discovered
coin. Collector Bill Nyberg, a member of the Bust Half
Nut Club for specialists in this series, realized that
the obverse die did not match any known previously.
Confirmation of this coin's unique status was provided
by another specialist, Steven Herrman, and by Oakland,
California coin dealer Sheridan Downey, who then submitted
the half dollar to NGC for grading and attribution.
NGC provides variety attribution for all early United
States coins under its VarietyPlus attribution and grading
service. These varieties are listed as separate lines
within the NGC Census Report, providing a valuable tool
to researchers and to those trading in variety coins.
To receive a variety attribution when submitting coins
to NGC, simply check the appropriate box on the submission
form and add $7 to the grading fee for each attribution.
Coins already certified by NGC may have such variety
attributions added under NGC's Designation Review service
for a fee of $10, which includes the cost of reholdering.