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    1798 Large Eagle Five, MS62
    BD-2, Large 8, 13 Stars Reverse
    Shattered Die State

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Large 8, 13 Stars Reverse, BD-2, R.5, MS62 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b, a very late stage. Both dies are shattered in this die state, and the cracks on this coin are more advanced than the typical die state c/b representative. The crack from the lower reverse rim through the branch stem now connects to the network of cracks at the eagle's head, and the crack from the N in UNITED connects to the B in PLURIBUS, where it joins a bisecting crack that spans the breadth of the eagle's wingspan. The only thing keeping this piece from strict terminal die state classification is that the crack at the N in UNITED does not yet connect to the rim at that point.

    BD-2 is a Large 8, 13 Stars Reverse variety of the 1798 half eagle. It is believed that fewer than 70 pieces survive in all grades, and the dramatic die cracks of many examples encourage heightened intrigue and demand. This Mint State example is a condition rarity. Although a trifle weak on the vertical shield stripes, the borders are well-defined on both sides. Grade-limiting abrasions are minor and mainly on the obverse, while both sides have luminous straw-gold coloration.
    From The Stone Arch Collection. (NGC ID# BFX6, Variety PCGS# 507322, Base PCGS# 8078)

    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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