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    Extremely Scarce 1798 Large 8, 14 Star Half Eagle MS60

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Large 8, 14 Star Reverse MS60 NGC. Breen-6427, B. 2-C, Miller-26, R.6. The elusive 14 Star 1798 Half Eagle was created when Tennessee entered the Union, the first state to do so after statehood was granted to the 13 original colonies. The updated reverse star arrangement was actually modified to the old style "arc" pattern. If time elapsed between auction appearances is an accurate barometer of rarity (which in this case it is), the last example of this elusive issue to be sold in a Heritage auction was in June, 1997, where an AU50 realized nearly $15,000. Offered here is the finest example yet certified by either major service. The yellow-gold surfaces are well defined with minor scuffiness in the obverse fields that impedes the luster on that side. Diagnostic die cracks are seen on the reverse, by far the most obvious being a curving rim-to-rim crack on the right side. A fleeting opportunity for the advanced early gold collector. Population: 1 in 60, 0 finer (11/03). (Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BFX8, PCGS# 8080)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2004
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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