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    1836 Half Eagle, Exceptional MS64+
    High End for the Grade

    1836 $5 MS64+ PCGS Secure. Second Head, Large Date, Breen-6509, McCloskey 4-C, R.3. The 6 in the date sits entirely beneath the curl, slightly right of center, while both the 1 and the 6 are noticeably larger than the 8 and 3 in the date. There is a double forecurl that is diagnostic for the variety, the second curl appearing as a teardrop-shaped attachment to the main one. The reverse shows no berry and the eagle lacks a tongue.

    Both sides of this high-end, near-Gem Classic Head five resonate with smooth, richly frosted luster across Choice green-gold surfaces. Honey-gold overtones are seen at the borders. While no 1836 half eagles are fully struck, this example is sharper than usual on the hair curls. Stars 5 and 6 show some minor weakness, as do the arrow fletchings below the shield. A few light field marks and abrasions are visible with magnification. By virtue of its PCGS Plus designation, this coin ranks within the Condition Census for the issue. Both PCGS and NGC report just two numerically finer examples. Population: 18 in 64 (2 in 64+), 2 finer (1/18).
    Selections from The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold. (Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 25RY, PCGS# 8174)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 89.92% Gold, 10.08% Copper


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

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