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Original Choice XF 1850 Mormon Half Eagle

1850 $5 Mormon Five Dollar XF45 PCGS. K-5, High R.5. The 1850 Mormon Half Eagle differs primarily from the 1849 issue as it has a redesigned obverse with an all-seeing eye, nine stars surrounding it, and a differently styled miter cap. Apparently fewer 1850 coins were issued than 1849 pieces, and they are scarcer today in all grades. Those that have survived tend to show extensive wear. The minters were ordered to alloy the 1850 issue with silver in order to bring up their value relative to the 1849 issue, but this effort failed, and the vast majority of these underweight coins were melted by assayers in the 1850s. Those that survived are of the utmost rarity today. This is a lovely example that has pleasing surfaces and rich reddish-orange patina over each side. Evenly worn, a bit of softness is seen at the bottom of the miter's cap (as always), at 1 o'clock on the obverse, and the clasped hands are somewhat indistinct on the reverse (another typical striking feature of this issue). The only distinguishing marks are a couple of angling abrasions near the reverse rim between 2 and 3 o'clock and a short scratch under the Bishop's miter cap. Some luster is still apparent surrounding the devices. Obviously an original coin with untampered surfaces, and as such very rare. Somewhat scarcer than the 1849 issue.
From The Estate of Jack L. Klausen. (NGC ID# 2BCF, PCGS# 10265)

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