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    1802 Draped Bust Half Dollar, AU53
    Challenging Low-Mintage Issue, O-101
    Ex: Garrett-Pryor

    1802 50C O-101, T-1, R.3, AU53 PCGS. Ex: Pryor. Only 29,890 Draped Bust half dollars were minted in 1802, and the date is the most difficult to locate of all the Heraldic Eagle half dollars, especially in high grades. Only one die variety is known for the issue.

    The present coin has an illustrious history, linked to three great collections of past years. This example surfaced in the collection of John Colvin Randall, the great 19th century student of die varieties. W. Elliot Woodward sold the collection in 1885. The description in his auction catalog reads, "1802 Uncirculated; brilliant. The finest I have met with; extremely rare. Plate." The lot was sold to T. Harrison Garrett, a director of the B & O Railroad, of Monopoly fame, and the architect of the famous Garrett Collection. The coin later found a place in the James Bennett Pryor Collection, a specialized gathering of half dollars known for the quality and completeness of the collection.

    The coin offered here is an attractively toned high-grade example, with a sharp strike and minimally abraded surfaces. The surfaces are a pleasing greenish-gray, with touches of rose and blue in areas. Population: 2 in 53, 4 finer (1/20).
    Ex: John Colvin Randall Collection (Woodward, 6/1885), lot 221; T. Harrison Garrett; John Work Garrett; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 278; James Bennett Pryor Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/1996), lot 5; Douglas L. Noblet Collection / Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1/1999), lot 8; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 3139; Pre-Long Beach Auction (Goldberg Auctioneers, 1/2011), lot 1416. (NGC ID# 24EE, Variety PCGS# 39269, Base PCGS# 6065)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    20th-23rd Thursday-Sunday
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