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    1826 Half Dollar, O-120a, MS63
    Sharp and Appealing for the Grade

    1826 50C O-120a, R.4, MS63 NGC. A high-quality example of the variety and issue, this O-120a representative is boldly struck, with satiny luster underlying blended shades of deep aquamarine, lavender, and pale golden-gray toning. The surfaces are devoid of major distractions, showing only light luster grazes on close examination.

    Variety: O-120a, R.3. This example was misattributed as O-107 in the 1997 Stack's catalog, although it remains a pleasing example for its respective variety, falling just shy of Condition Census quality. Recutting on the upper serif of the C in 50C. aids in the attribution, and peripheral die cracks on the reverse confirm the late die state variety.

    Population Data (4/15): For the O-120a variety, this piece is the only MS63 coin attributed by NGC, where one MS65 is finer. PCGS has also attributed one O-120a example in this grade and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1826 half dollar is a fairly plentiful issue in the context of the series, as it should be with a mintage exceeding 4 million coins. This makes the date popular among type collectors. O-120a is one of the scarcer varieties for the issue but is obtainable in Mint State with patience.

    Provenance: Auction '84 (RARCOA, 7/1984), lot 1661; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 12/1997), lot 2227.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24FM, Variety PCGS# 39695, Base PCGS# 6143)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    May, 2015
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