Satiny Choice 1820/19 Half Dollar
1820/19 50C Square Base 2 MS64 NGC. O-101, R.2. Vibrant
navy-blue and orange-gold bands along the borders cede to lighter
pearl-gray and chestnut centers. This satiny and well struck Choice
half dollar is essentially void of abrasions save for a faint
hair-thin line above the eagle's beak. The reverse periphery
displays faint roller marks, as produced. 1820 is a bountiful year
for Guide Book collectors due to six different listings.
Overton lists two 1820/19 varieties, but they are readily
distinguished. O-101 has a Square 2 and O-102 has a Curl 2.
Combined NGC 1820/19 Census: 4 in 64, 3 finer (4/12).(Registry
values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24FE, PCGS# 6125)
Square Base 2, O-101
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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