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1807 $5 Bust Left MS61 NGC. BD-8, R.2....

2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago #1184

 
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Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 North Thoreau Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Description:
1807 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle, MS61
First Year of Design, BD-8 Variety
1807 $5 Bust Left MS61 NGC. BD-8, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/a. The design of the half eagle was switched from the older Capped Bust Right motif to John Reich's Capped Bust Left design partway through the year in 1807. The Capped Bust Left design claims a substantial mintage of 51,605 pieces. Six die varieties are known for the Capped Bust Right design, but only two varieties, BD-7 and BD-8, feature the Capped Bust Left design. This coin is a representative of the more numerous BD-8 variety, with the feather tip of the arrow pointing to the tip of the 5 in the denomination. There may be as many as 500-750 specimens of the BD-8 extant in all grades, but examples in Mint State grades are quite scarce.

The present coin is an attractive MS61 specimen, with sharply detailed design elements and lustrous antique-gold surfaces that show only minor signs of contact. Census: 34 in 61, 87 finer (3/13).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25P9, PCGS# 8101)

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