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1820 HALF DOLLAR

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 751,122
Proofs: est. 5

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 32-33 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight:  208 grains (13.48 grams)

Edge: Lettered ("FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR")

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia)


   

Varieties:
Overton 101 - 1820/19, Square Base 2
Overton 102 - 1820/19, Curl Base 2
Overton 103 - Small Date, Square Base 2
Overton 104 - Large Date, Square Base 2, Knobbed 2
Overton 105 - Large Date, Square Base 2, Knobbed 2
Overton 106 - Large Date, Square Base 2, Unknobbed 2
Overton 107 - Large Date, Square Base 2, Unknobbed 2
Overton 108 - Large Date, Square Base 2, Unknobbed 2

Recent appearances:
See variety listings

Notes:
The finest "Curl 2, Small Date" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65's.

The finest "Square 2, Large Date" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "No Knob" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest "1820/19 Square 2" examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

The finest "1820/19 Curl 2" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836", Third Edition, by Al C. Overton

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service