Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)


    1795 BD-14 Half Eagle, MS62
    Historic Heraldic Eagle Five
    Ex: Woodin-Newcomer-Green-Farouk

    1795 $5 Large Eagle MS62 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6422, BD-14, High R.6. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/c, with a reverse die crack through MERIC of AMERICA. The obverse die has a narrow date with two star points nearly touching the cap, the die being reused from its earlier marriage with the 1795 Small Eagle variety BD-7. Slight die lapping or polishing is evident at the eye, a later state than for BD-7. The mirrored fields also indicate die polishing.
    The reverse has the stars crowded to the left with nine of the 16 stars below the first three clouds. It is an early die state with a die crack from the border over the E, through RIC, to the border after the final A. Later states have a full rim break outside that crack. The reverse die appeared twice on the 1795 Heraldic Eagle fives but made no other appearances. Its other 1795 appearance was for the unique BD-13. That piece shows a delicate crack through MERIC, much lighter than here, and lacks the polished or lapped feathers in the left wing that appear on the present coin.
    In his early gold reference, Robert W. Miller, Sr., noted the existence of a BD-14 with a perfect reverse die. The existence of this variety in a perfect state would alter the emission sequence, and place BD-14 before and after BD-13. Until confirmation of such a coin, the BD-14 will continue to be listed second.
    Most numismatic students believe that the 1795 Heraldic eagle fives were coined in 1797 or 1798, and the latter year seems more likely. The assumption is that the 1798 Small Eagle coins were the first half eagles minted in 1798, with the 1795 and 1797 Heraldic Eagle coins next, and finally the 1798 Heraldic Eagle pieces.
    Just over a dozen examples of this High R.6 variety are known, mostly in higher circulated grades. The finest this cataloger has seen is an MS64 specimen from the James A. Stack Collection. The present specimen is second finest, and all others, including the near-Mint Norweb specimen, grade XF or AU.
    This delightful Mint State example has brilliant greenish yellow-gold surfaces with fully reflective fields and satiny devices. Both sides show a few lint marks and some minor hairlines, including a thin scratch in the right obverse field. If graded separately, the reverse appears to be a point finer than the obverse. Population: 8 in 62, 3 finer (11/11).
    Ex: William H. Woodin; Waldo C. Newcomer; Col. E.H.R. Green (via B. Max Mehl); King Farouk (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 226; later, A Gentleman's Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2005), lot 1010.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 25NK, PCGS# 8075)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    3rd-8th Tuesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,485

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2017 November 1 - 3 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This is why I like purchasing from Heritage, you are so customer oriented and with your size and my meager purchases it always amazes me how quickly you respond.
    Ken Nelson,
    Moulton, AL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
    2017 July 6 - 9 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN
    REALIZED $5,912,934
    2017 June 22 - 23 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2017 June 22 - 23 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $2,930,779
    2017 June 21 - 23 HKINF World Currency Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2017 June 21 - 23 HKINF World Currency Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $1,149,869