1802/1 $5 AU53 NGC....
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An attractive AU example with faint hairlines that limit the grade. The surfaces have pleasing yellow color with faint green tendencies. There is a small oblong die chip over star 10 on the reverse, and that feature instantly identifies the variety. As it is clearly visible without magnification, it seems that more of these would be identified if they existed. We expect the population will remain small in the future.
The obverse has an extremely small rim break that joins two dentils over star 7. This feature is evident on the present coin, the Dannreuther plate coin, and the piece we sold in April. An almost identical characteristic is visible on the Dannreuther plate coins for his BD-1, BD-2, and BD-5 varieties, but is not present on his BD-4 variety. That means that BD-4 was the first 1802/1 half eagle coined from the centered overdate obverse. It was followed by the others, including this BD-3 variety. As much as we all study these numismatic rarities, there is still more to learn. An impressive opportunity for the advanced specialist.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25NX, PCGS# 8083)
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