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    1798 Large Eagle Five, Small 8, BD-6, MS61
    R.6 Variety

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Small 8, BD-6, R.6, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. The very rare BD-6 is actually one of the three 1798 half eagle varieties classified as Large Eagle, Small 8, along with the BD-7 and BD-8. (John Dannreuther calls these "Normal 8" rather than the traditional Small 8 terminology.) The three die pairs together constitute the Small 8 Guide Book variety, although the BD-7 is rarer than BD-6, and the BD-8 is not as rare. The distinguishing attributes for the BD-6 are the Small 8 touching the bust (it is distant on BD-7 and BD-8), the broad 1 in the date, and the irregular cross pattern of the stars on the reverse. Ranked R.6, this variety is estimated to survive in all grades to the extent of only 30 to 40 coins. This Mint State example is khaki-gold with excellent eye appeal despite the scattered, mostly small marks that account for the grade. Perceptible luster remains on each side. The strike is somewhat soft on the central details of each side. A noticeable die crack on the reverse runs from the rim left of O(F) through a cloud and the right side of (UNU)M to the top of the eagle's right wing. No planchet adjustment marks are visible on either side. For the Large Eagle, Small 8 type, NGC reports four in MS61 with two finer, and PCGS shows but a single Mint State example, also an MS61 (3/15).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 507326, Base PCGS# 8079)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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