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Condition Census O-103 1821 Half Dollar, MS66
1821 50C MS66 NGC. O-103, R.2. Stars 1 and 13 virtually
touch the bust tip and hair curl, and the well-spaced date is low.
On the reverse the right serifs of the A's and the left serifs of
the E's are missing, a reverse that was also used previously on the
Overton-107 of 1820.
Possibly Finest Known of the Variety
This coin has the beautiful original "skin" that old-time collectors flock to (and new ones should, too), with semiprooflike surfaces graced by a mélange of ice-blue and pinkish-golden patina on both sides. This coin is tied for the finest certified of the date and could be the finest certified of the variety, generally considered a "common" one. There are four MS66 1821 coins, unattributed as to variety, at NGC, and among the attributed 1821s, only a single O-105a and an O-107 have attained such lofty grades. It is certainly worth noting that Stephen Herrman's auction price reference lists an MS64 as the finest sold in recent years, and a search through Heritage's auction archives shows that an MS62, surprisingly, is the finest of this "common" variety that we have auctioned since we began keeping records some dozen-plus years ago. A true prize for the Bust half specialists.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24FF, PCGS# 6128)
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