Here is an incredibly smooth early die state example of the most elusive variety of the year, a Cohen 2 from the Norweb collection, Bowers & Merena auction of 10/87, Lot #35. Norweb purchased this coin from Richard Picker in 1957. From the auction description:
“Dark brown surfaces. Smooth planchet. A nice representative of the grade. Very elusive variety.”
At the time, the 1803 C-2 was thought to be an R5 with around 50 examples known. In the ensuing 30 years that number has grown to about 100. Still, the C-2 is the toughest Half Cent variety of 1803 by a wide margin. This is a great opportunity to add a piece of numismatic history to your collection inexpensively. Comes with Gene Braig envelope, the B&M Norweb and later Goldberg auction tags.