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    1804 Small 8 Over Large 8 Half Eagle, AU53
    BD-6, In-Demand Variety

    1804 $5 Small 8 Over Large 8 AU53 NGC. BD-6, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. The Mint engraver initially used a Large 8 punch originally intended for the ten dollar coins and subsequently corrected the mistake by overpunching a Small 8, resulting in this dramatic variety. Dannreuther (2006) says that approximately 2,000 to 3,000 coins from the 30,475-coin mintage were struck with this die marriage and that 35 to 45 examples are known. The surfaces feature wonderfully original orange and reddish-gold color with violet accents and glimpses of remaining mint luster within the protected regions. Slight rubbing occurs over the sharply struck devices, and adjustment marks appear on the right obverse rim. An excess metal fragment is struck into the bottom of the T in LIBERTY.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.(Registry values: P3)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BFXB, PCGS# 8086)

    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
    November, 2014
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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