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    1798 Large Eagle, Small 8 Five, BD-6
    Extremely Rare Variety, Mint State

    1798 $5 Large Eagle, Small 8 MS61 NGC. BD-6, R.6. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. Bass-Dannreuther call the three varieties BD-6 through BD-8 "Normal 8" in contradistinction to the Large 8 varieties BD-2 through BD-5, but other references such as the Guide Book call them merely Small 8 and Large 8. The BD-6 Small 8 five is an extremely rare die pairing, with the authors estimating that only 30 to 40 survive today. This MS61 piece shows heavy diagonal adjustment marks in the center obverse, with a correspondingly weak strike in the center reverse. The peripheral strike is sharp, and even yellow-gold color prevails throughout. The luster is a bit thinned out in the fields because of the numerous grade-defining abrasions that pepper each side. A small spot of struck-in die grease, as made, appears below the chin point. For all Small 8 varieties, Census: 3 in 61, 10 finer (1/12).(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BFX5, PCGS# 8079)

    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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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2012
    2nd-5th Thursday-Sunday
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