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    1827 O-147 Half Dollar, MS65
    Scarce Curl Base 2
    Tied Finest Known

    1827 50C Curl Base 2, O-147, R.4, MS65 PCGS. Ex: Friend. Nearly 5.5 million 1827 half dollars were struck from a total of 49 known die pairs, although only two varieties display the important Curl Base 2 date (O-146 and O-147). These two varieties share the same obverse, with O-147 in a later die state -- the stars and date are drawn to the edge, and the tail of 7 shows a lumplike defect. The reverse die for O-147 was previously used to strike O-136, identified by downward extensions below vertical shield stripe 6, which emerge from the eagle's breast feathers and reach toward the claw.

    Both Curl Base 2 varieties are rare in high Uncirculated grades, although the O-147 is considerably scarcer than O-146 across all grades. Interestingly, the finest Curl Base 2 coins are all from the O-147 die pair, where a trio of high-grade examples includes this coin. It is a spectacular Gem Mint State example, tied with the former Bareford-James Bennett Pryor coin at MS65 PCGS. Not far behind is the former Eliasberg-Pogue piece, which is a grade point lower than the top two Condition Census coins. As usual, the left-hand stars are sharper than those on the right, although the clasp is sharper than normal. Pearlescent pewter-gray luster glows beneath original bluish-gray and pale-rose toning for exceptional eye appeal. Population: 2 in 65, 0 finer (5/19).
    From The Dale Friend Collection of Bust Half Dollars, Part III.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 6145)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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