1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, Knob 2 MS (PCGS# 6122)

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  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    969
  • Grade:
    MS65
  • Price:
    $21,850.00
Lot Description
1820 50C Square Base No Knob 2, Large Date MS65 NGC. O-108, R.2. While rare varieties exist for almost every date in the Capped Bust half dollar series, only a few individual dates are considered scarce or rare when the entire population of that date is considered. The rarest date, of course, is 1815 and the second toughest is clearly 1820. Although the O-108 die marriage is considered just R.2, it is another common variety that is not often seen in Gem condition. Among famous half dollar collections sold in recent times, the Queller Collection and the Byers Collection did not contain any example of this die marriage, while the Eliasberg Collection included a piece graded MS60. No evidence of die cracks, clash marks, or other die defects are seen on either side of this Gem. The obverse and reverse are both richly toned in gray-brown color with peripheral blue-green accents. All of the design motifs on each side are sharp and well-detailed with full borders presenting a nicely balanced appearance. The surfaces beneath the toning have full frosty luster. From The Westmoreland, Virginia Collection, Part Two.
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