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    1795 Small Eagle Five, AU Details
    Sharply Detailed BD-3 Example

    1795 $5 Small Eagle, BD-3, High R.3 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. AU. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b. Of the 12 Small Eagle die varieties known for the 1795 half eagle, BD-3 is the most frequently encountered, and is typically the variety represented in type collectors' cabinets. Still, with only 175 to 225 examples believed extant, BD-3 is scarce in any condition. The obverse die was previously employed for BD-2 and is later seen in its final use with BD-4; the reverse is seen here in its only use, although a terminal die state is not yet known.

    This example is well-detailed and evenly struck, with unusually strong detail in Liberty's hair curls and on the eagle's breast feathers. Smooth, slightly muted surfaces are the product of old cleaning, although the overall green-gold hue is not unattractive. There are no major abrasions and the quality of the strike is excellent.

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

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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