1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, No Knob MS65

PCGS#: 6123

Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Several interesting varieties comprise the 1820 Half Dollars, determined by the base of the 2, whether the 2 ends in a point or a knob, whether the coin is an overdate, and whether the date is small or large.  The result is five major varieties in some combination of the preceding, plus quite a few individual die varieties that require closer examination.  The subject of this discussion, the 1820 Square 2, Large Date, No Knob, is pretty self-explanatory: the base of the 2 is flat (or squared) instead of curving, the date is Large (requires comparison to determine the correct size), and the top of the 2 ends in a point instead of a knob.  In terms of surviving examples, this major variety appears to be the second rarest of the five, though it should be pointed out that the populations of all five are fairly close.  Mint State examples of all five varieties are scarce to rare, and the 1820 Square 2, Large Date, No Knob is no exception.  As of the April 2012 PCGS Population Report, PCGS had certified only 18 Mint State examples, the finest of which is a single PCGS MS66.

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 751,122 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 24 / 72 TIE 25 / 78 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 15 / 72 TIE 16 / 78 TIE
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 36 / 72 TIE 37 / 78 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade Dale Friend Collection
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS64 estimated grade