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1811 $5 Tall 5 MS62 NGC....

2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108

 
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Auction Ended On: May 30, 2008
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Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Description:
Bold 1811 Tall 5 Half Eagle, BD-1, MS62
1811 $5 Tall 5 MS62 NGC. Breen-6463, BD-1, High R.3. This is the only obverse die used for this year, mated with the Tall 5 and Small 5 reverses. On this die pairing, the tall 5 is over three shortened dentils underneath. The greenish-gold surfaces are beautifully lustrous despite a bit of light field haze and a random dark toning spot or two. The strike is bold, with good definition on all the star centrils and the ever-present "John Reich notch" on star 13.
The Tall 5 variety is only marginally scarcer than the Small 5 pairing, but both must be considered as among the more common of the Capped Bust varieties--that is, within the context of one of the most difficult series in U.S. numismatics.(Registry values: P2) (PCGS# 8110)

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