1838-C $5 AU55 NGC....
Attractive 1838-C Half Eagle, AU551838-C $5 AU55 NGC. Ex: Sweet Collection. McCloskey 1-A, identified by both leaves of a pair beneath the U in UNITED. The other variety, from the same obverse die and identified as McCloskey 1-B, has the two leaves of the same pair straddling the U, one beneath and the other pointing to the left side of that letter. Many collectors have stayed away from varieties of Classic Head quarter eagles and half eagles, believing that the coins are too difficult to attribute. The fact is that the varieties show considerable variance, there are relatively few to complete a variety set, and there are only one or two extremely challenging varieties. There are only 32 known varieties from all five years of the Classic half eagles, for example.
This lovely piece, with a reverse that is rotated 45 degrees counterclockwise, has lustrous green-gold surfaces with only minor abrasions. Both sides are satiny with faint prooflike traces. The right (facing) wing is extremely weak, and the date and low curl opposite it on this rotated reverse coin are similarly weak. Most other design details are quite bold. Census: 12 in 55, 11 finer (10/08).(Registry values: P5) (NGC ID# 25S5, PCGS# 8177)
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