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    1802 Half Dollar, O-101, R.3, AU55
    Conditionally Rare, Sole Variety of the Year

    1802 50C O-101, R.3, AU55 NGC. Only a single die variety is known for this low-mintage issue (the only such occurrence of the Draped Bust type), of which just 29,890 pieces were struck. This date has historically been elusive, and it remains challenging overall and rare in high grades. "High grades" for this issue are somewhat lower than for many other dates of this type, as the typical representative grades only in the VG to VF range; XF examples are notably scarce and AU pieces are rare across the spectrum. Three Mint State coins have been certified, the finest being a pair of MS62 pieces at PCGS.

    The present Choice AU piece is among the finest examples of this date that are usually obtainable, showing sharp detail and well-struck motifs. The recesses show fiery sun-gold toning with the occasional glint of original luster that illuminates the patina. Deeper pewter-gray tones cover the remainder of each side. Overall, this is an immensely appealing, high-end example of this scarce issue. Census: 3 in 55, 4 finer (11/14). (NGC ID# 24EE, Variety PCGS# 39269, Base PCGS# 6065)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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