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    1820 BD-2 Half Eagle, MS63+
    Square Base 2, Large Letters

    1820 $5 Square Base 2, Large Letters, BD-2, High R.5, MS63+ PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a. Nine die varieties are known for the 1820 half eagle with several of these rare. To simplify this complex date, the following major varieties exist:

    Square Base 2, Large Letters (BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, BD-4)
    Curved Base 2, Large Letters (BD-5, BD-7, BD-9
    Curved Base 2, Small Letters (BD-6, BD-8)



    Of these varieties, the Curved Base 2 with Small Letters is by far the rarest and the Square Base 2 the most available. There are around 100 total pieces known of the Square Base 2 with fewer than half of these in Uncirculated, mostly in the MS60 to MS62 range. Examples graded MS63 are scarcer than the seemingly inflated population of 17 pieces at PCGS, and the same can likely be said for the PCGS population of 10 in MS64. Gems are very rare with the single finest graded by this service an MS65+.

    This example is notable for its natural appearance that features attractive dusky green-gold hues on both sides. The obverse is well-detailed while there is some slight weakness seen on the reverse at the inner feathers on the right wing. The luster is excellent with a nice satiny texture, and there are just a few shallow scuffs seen in the left obverse field.

    The other PCGS-certified MS63+ 1820 Square Base 2 Large Letters half eagle is a CAC-approved piece that sold for $56,400 as part of the Blue Moon Collection (Stack's Bowers, 3/2017), lot 2328.

    This piece has been off the market for 14 years and it represents one of the nicer examples of this variety to have been offered in some time.
    Ex: Lake Michigan and Springdale Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2006), lot 2540, where it sold for $32,200; The McCoy Family Collection.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519921, Base PCGS# 8125)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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

    View all of [The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles ]

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