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    1795 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle, MS61
    Important First-Year Type Issue
    Small Eagle, BD-3

    1795 $5 Small Eagle MS61 PCGS. CAC. BD-3, High R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b, with the crack from the edge to the E in UNITED. Star 11 is solidly joined to Y and star 12, diagnostic for the obverse. The left branch of the wreath has a leaf joined to the final S with the right branch separated from the O, diagnostic for the reverse. The obverse appears to be state b, with a die crack from the border to star 12, continuing faintly into the field from the inner point of the same star. The reverse appears to be uncracked, with an engraving line from a dentil to the right top of E in UNITED. This may be the same feature that Dannreuther calls a crack in his state b. Die state analysis and emission sequence study indicate that BD-3 was probably the third variety coined in the late summer of 1795.

    The BD-3 die combination is far more plentiful than any other 1795 variety, an ideal choice for date and type collectors. John Dannreuther estimates more than 200 examples exist, consistent with our estimate. Our own survey of auction records leads us to believe that about three dozen Mint State examples of the variety still exist today, mostly in the MS60 to MS63 range. This example compares favorably to many of the finest survivors.

    Brilliant greenish yellow-gold surfaces exhibit satiny luster. Clean surfaces and excellent eye appeal help to define the grade. Slight surface roughness near the date appears to be the result of improperly mixed alloy that creates slight lamination in that area. Population: 23 in 61, 41 finer. CAC: 6 in 61, 8 finer (12/18).
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2425, realized $89,125.(Registry values: P5)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ND, 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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