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SERIES: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1839
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, No Knob (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6123
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
751,122
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$61,688 • PCGS MS65 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 24 / 72 TIE 25 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 15 / 72 TIE 16 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 36 / 72 TIE 37 / 78 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

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2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS62 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: Several interesting varieties comprise the 1820 Half Dollars, determined by the base of the 2, whether the 2 ends in a point or a knob, whether the coin is an overdate, and whether the date is small or large.  The result is five major varieties in some combination of the preceding, plus quite a few individual die varieties that require closer examination.  The subject of this discussion, the 1820 Square 2, Large Date, No Knob, is pretty self-explanatory: the base of the 2 is flat (or squared) instead of curving, the date is Large (requires comparison to determine the correct size), and the top of the 2 ends in a point instead of a knob.  In terms of surviving examples, this major variety appears to be the second rarest of the five, though it should be pointed out that the populations of all five are fairly close.  Mint State examples of all five varieties are scarce to rare, and the 1820 Square 2, Large Date, No Knob is no exception.  As of the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, PCGS had certified only 18 Mint State examples, the finest of which is a single PCGS MS66.