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1840-D $5 Narrow Mill MS63 NGC. Variety 3-B. The 1840-D ...

2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346

 
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Auction Ended On: May 7, 2004
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Possible Finest Known 1840-D Half Eagle, MS63
1840-D $5 Narrow Mill MS63 NGC. Variety 3-B. The 1840-D half eagle is a significant issue as it is the first Dahlonega five with the new, modified head of Liberty--a type that would last long after the Dahlonega mint was gone and until the end of the series in 1908. It is also the first year the D mintmark was placed on the reverse, where it would stay until the end of the half eagle series. This is an important coin that should be closely examined by specialists as it seems to have been overlooked on the current Condition Census. It is definitely not the Green Pond coin, nor is it the Ex: Numisma '95 piece. The surfaces display even green-gold coloration that is typically found on high grade, original examples of this issue. It is believed that some 120-140 pieces are known today in all grades with a mere 5-7 coins in mint condition. The striking details are uncommonly strong with no areas of weakness on either side. Abrasions are also held to a minimum with the most obvious ones that could be used for pedigree purposes being a scrape on the upper portion of Liberty's neck, and a tiny cut across one of the denticles below star 1. (#8198) (NGC ID# 25SG, PCGS# 8198)

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