Rare 1982 Small Beads Variety Half Dollar (Choice Uncirculated 63) with Comparison Regular Large Beads Half Dollar Coin & Information Page

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This 1982 half dollar is the rare "small beads" variety in Choice Uncirculated condition. The coin is accompanied by a comparison regular large beads half dollar and an information page about the variety. Only about one in every 250 1982 half dollars features the small beads variety. While new coins intended for circulation from this era were shipped to banks in large canvas bags and normally have many "bag marks", this choice uncirculated coin has fewer than typical marks and is an attractive brilliant coin. (The number "63" refers to coins of this grade using a numerical scale traditionally used by dealers and collectors.)

During 1982, the Royal Canadian Mint was seeking ways to extend the life of dies being used for the half dollar denomination. As part of this effort,an experimental die was prepared with a significantly lower relief of the queen and small beads around the perimeter of the coin. To compensate for the reduced relief, additional line detail was engraved into the queen's hair.

While the vast majority of 1982 half dollar coins were struck with the regular large beads high relief portrait, a small number of 1982 coins were also produced with this new small beads low relief variety.

The two varieties can be easily distinguished by comparing the size of the beads and by looking at the detail in the queen's hair. In addition, the bead at the back of the Queen's tiara on the regular large beads variety is attached with a slightly flared attachment point, whereas on the rarer small bead variety that attachment point is straight.

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• Rare 1982 Small Beads Variety Half Dollar (Choice Uncirculated 63) with Comparison Regular Large Beads Half Dollar Coin & Information Page

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