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    1837 Classic Five, McCloskey 2-B
    Well-Defined Near-Gem Example

    1837 $5 MS64 PCGS Secure. Breen-6512, McCloskey 2-B, R.2. A richly frosted, softly lustrous Classic half eagle that displays pinpoint definition throughout the smooth, nearly mark-free surfaces. Only a few insignificant luster grazes are noticed on the obverse, and the only mentionable distraction on the reverse is a wispy, vertical scratch through the eagle's beak. The 1837 is quite scarce in Choice Mint State and definitely rare any finer. While the issue used to bring little or no premium over the more-available issues that precede it, recent Mint State appearances have put an end to that trend.

    In their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth explained: "Despite a seemingly high mintage, this is actually a semi-scarce date, with a raw rarity on par with that of the 1838-D. Examples up to About Uncirculated are relatively easy to find, but Mint State examples are decidedly rare." Population: 9 in 64 (1 in 64+), 4 finer (3/18).(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 25RZ, PCGS# 8175)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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