One of the major rarities of the series is the 1802, 2 over 0, reverse of 1800 Draped Bust Half Cent.
The coins were struck in early 1802 on planchets made from cut-down cents. The obverse is an overdated die, made from a leftover die dated 1800, with a small 2. This obverse would also be used on the more available 1802-dated variety, reverse of 1803.
The rare variety is identified by the reverse type, which carries the style of 1800. This is most easily differentiated from the style of 1803 by the arrangement of the ends of the laurel wreath. On the style of 1800, the wreath ends point horizontally, while the style of 1803, the wreath ends point upwards. The lettering also appears larger on the latter type.
The 1802/0 “Reverse of 1800” Draped Bust Half Cent is an extremely rare variety which is virtually unknown above Very Fine, and usually encountered in Very Good or lower. Approximately 20 pieces are known in all grades, including damaged and corroded coins. This makes the more rare than the prized 1796 half cent, although it does not receive as much demand.