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    1795 Five Dollar, AU50
    Small Eagle, BD-3
    First-Year Type

    1795 $5 Small Eagle, BD-3, High R.3, AU50 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/a. A die crack joins Star 12 to the rim. BD-3 is the second use of this obverse and the first use of this reverse. Star 11 touches the Y, the wreath has four berries, the inside right one being higher than the outside. Roughly 2,000 to 3,000 coins were struck from this pairing, and an estimated 175 to 225 pieces survive. This is most obtainable variety for the date, something that should be taken into consideration given that the 1795 five dollar represents the first issue of half eagles and a single-year type that that is always in high demand.

    The strike is incredible strong and friction minimal on this lightly circulated early gold piece. Liberty's curls exhibit sharp delineation, and only a touch of rub is apparent on the cheek, brow, and cap. Similarly, the eagle is boldly rendered with minor merging over the breast and neck. Yellow-gold surfaces are lightly marked, but they do not in any way affect the allure, or certainly the importance, of this 1795 half eagle. Housed in an old green label holder.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ND, Variety PCGS# 519852, Base PCGS# 8066)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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

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    August, 2017
    2nd-6th Wednesday-Sunday
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