1820 $5 Curl Base 2, Lg Letters MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -39962
PCGS#: 8127

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $125

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1820 Half Eagles are made up of the following Bass-Dannreuther varieties:

1820 Square Base 2, Large Letters: BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, BD-4
1820 Curved Base 2, Large Letters: BD-5, BD-7, BD-9
1820 Curved Base 2, Small Letters: BD-6, BD-8

 

The following Condition Census is modified from that in Heritage's 4/2008 sale, Lot 2435:

PR63 estimated grade. Thomas G. Melish; Abe Kosoff, April 1956, Lot 1943; Norweb Collection; Bowers and Merena, October 1987, Lot 772; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Bass Sylloge 3137. MS65 PCGS. Wayne Pratali, August 13, 1969; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Bowers and Merena, October 1999, Lot 814. MS65 PCGS. Bowers and Merena, June 1986, Lot 344 - Heritage's 4/2008 sale, Lot 2435 MS estimated grade. James A. Stack, Sr. Collection; Stack's, October 1994, Lot 1068. MS estimated grade. Samuel W. Wolfson; Stack's, October 1962, Lot 363. MS estimated grade. John A. Beck Collection; Abner Kreisberg's Quality Sales Corporation, January 1975, Lot 403.

David Akers (1975/88): As mentioned on the comments for the 1820 Curved Base 2, Small Letters, the 1820 Curved Base 2, Large Letters is of essentially the same rarity as the Small Letters variety. It is decidedly more rare than the 1813, and also more rare than the 1814/3 and 1818. Most known specimens are high grade.

 

Diameter: 25.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot & John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 263,806 Weight: 8.75 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 32 R-8.8 12 / 22 TIE 19 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 12 / 22 TIE 18 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 22 TIE 28 / 42 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade