1808/7 $5 MS61 NGC....
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This coin has since been certified by NGC as MS61, which is a more accurate grade than previously ascribed in the 1991 sale. The prior cataloger mentioned that the obverse is "wholly prooflike," yet in reality the obverse displays only subtle semiprooflikeness. And, although the obverse is lacking full luster in the fields, the reverse luster is uninterrupted and strong, indicating that this piece was lightly handled but not circulated. Of course any abrasions on the delicate obverse surfaces are made more obvious due to the aforementioned semiprooflike qualities. A couple of copper toning spots on the obverse and a tiny, mint-made depression below the stem on the reverse shall serve as future pedigree markers for this rare, early half eagle variety. Since the overdate status was omitted on the NGC holder, the new owner may decide to have this piece reholdered with the variety properly noted on the label.
From The John Stimson, Sr. Collection, Part One.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 25PB, PCGS# 8103)
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