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    1806 Round Top 6 Half Eagle, MS64
    Breen-6448, BD-6

    1806 $5 Round Top 6, 7x6 Stars MS64 PCGS Secure. Breen-6448, BD-6, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Obverse Die State d / Reverse Die State d. While there are several varieties of the so-called Pointed Top 6 half eagles of 1806 ranging from very scarce to extremely rare, there is but a single die marriage known for the Round Top or Knob Top 6 of that year. The BD-6 is an available die pairing within the context of the half eagle series, making it--and this splendid near-Gem PCGS example--an ideal selection for type coin purposes to represent Robert Scot's Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle design. The BD-6 is also an essential for Guide Book variety collectors, as that reference lists both the Round Top 6 and Pointed Top 6 variants.
    The obverse of the BD-6, in addition to the distinctive digit with a prominent curled knob touching the drapery, also shows the obverse stars at the rim arranged 7x6, while all five Pointed Top 6 die pairings have an 8x5 star arrangement. Bass-Dannreuther note that the Pointed Top 6 coins are much more weakly struck in the central obverse, because they were struck with the obverse in the hammer die and reverse in the anvil die position.
    The Knobbed Top 6 fives are better-struck though the centers, apparently by switching the obverse to the anvil position. Bass-Dannreuther speculate that while the star change from 8x5 to 7x6 may be coincidental, it may equally well signify the change of anvil die to the obverse.
    This brilliant near-Gem has soft, frosty yellow surfaces with hints of green and traces of rose. Both sides show some central weakness, the obverse among the hair curls behind the neck, and the reverse at the left side of the shield and below. Adjustment marks are visible on many obverse dentils, most noticeable from 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock. A thin scratch extends from the shield to the tip of the upper leaf in the branch, and it is barely visible without a glass.
    The present MS64 PCGS piece is one of 37 submissions that service has seen at the near-Gem level, and there is only a single specimen that has achieved the MS65 plateau--making it all the more likely that many of those 37 submissions represent duplications.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# BFXJ, PCGS# 8089)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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