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1806 BD-6 Half Eagle, MS64
Round Top 6

1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS64 NGC. BD-6, R.2. The obverse die state is Bass-Dannreuther d, and the reverse state is either e or f. It is impossible to differentiate further between them since the BD reference only states "reclashed" for both e and f. Regardless of die state, the present half eagle is an important example.
John Dannreuther estimates that as many as 900 examples of the 1806 BD-6 half eagle survive today, and that is far more than any other early half eagle variety from 1795 to 1834. The significant survival means this variety is the ideal type coin for collectors who only seek one example of every major design combination. Despite the large population, few pieces survive that are equal to this specimen. The combined NGC and PCGS population shows a total of 68 MS64 examples only three finer coins.
BD-6 is the only die variety of the date with a Round Top 6 instead of the Pointed 6, and it is the only variety with six stars after LIBERTY instead of the expected five stars. As a result, the right obverse border is crowded, while the left border has a relatively large open area near Liberty's shoulder, where star 1 is usually found.
The sun-gold surfaces display billowy luster and only inconsequential marks. Sharply struck except on the junction of the left (facing) wing. Faint greenish overtones add to the eye appeal of this beauty. Census: 34 in 64, 2 finer (8/12).(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# BFXJ, PCGS# 8089)

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