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SERIES: Capped Bust $5 1807-1834
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1820 $5 Curl Base 2, Lg Letters (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

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PCGS #:
8127
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
263,806
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$253,000 • PCGS MS65 • 4-1-2008 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 32 R-8.8 12 / 22 TIE 19 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 12 / 22 TIE 18 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 22 TIE 28 / 42 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

The Type Set Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

The Type Set Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade  
7 MS61 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1820 Half Eagles are made up of the following Bass-Dannreuther varieties:

1820 Square Base 2, Large Letters: BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, BD-4
1820 Curved Base 2, Large Letters: BD-5, BD-7, BD-9
1820 Curved Base 2, Small Letters: BD-6, BD-8

 

The following Condition Census is modified from that in Heritage's 4/2008 sale, Lot 2435:

  • PR63 estimated grade. Thomas G. Melish; Abe Kosoff, April 1956, Lot 1943; Norweb Collection; Bowers and Merena, October 1987, Lot 772; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Bass Sylloge 3137.
  • MS65 PCGS. Wayne Pratali, August 13, 1969; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Bowers and Merena, October 1999, Lot 814.
  • MS65 PCGS. Bowers and Merena, June 1986, Lot 344 - Heritage's 4/2008 sale, Lot 2435
  • MS estimated grade. James A. Stack, Sr. Collection; Stack's, October 1994, Lot 1068.
  • MS estimated grade. Samuel W. Wolfson; Stack's, October 1962, Lot 363.
  • MS estimated grade. John A. Beck Collection; Abner Kreisberg's Quality Sales Corporation, January 1975, Lot 403.

David Akers (1975/88): As mentioned on the comments for the 1820 Curved Base 2, Small Letters, the 1820 Curved Base 2, Large Letters is of essentially the same rarity as the Small Letters variety. It is decidedly more rare than the 1813, and also more rare than the 1814/3 and 1818. Most known specimens are high grade.