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    1808 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle, MS63
    Colorful and Lustrous BD-3 Example

    1808 $5 Close 5D, BD-3, R.4, MS63 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/e. A nominal mintage of 55,578 Capped Bust Left half eagles was reported in 1808, with four distinct die varieties known for the date. Two varieties employ overdated obverse dies from 1807 and the final two varieties were struck from a single 1808-dated obverse die. This coin represents the scarce BD-3 variety, with a perfect date and a normal 5D in the denomination. The reverse die was used previously to strike the BD-8 variety of 1807, as well as the BD-1 and BD-2 varieties of 1808. The BD-3 has a surviving population of 100-125 examples in all grades, making it more available than the overdates, but less available than the other perfect date variety of this year.

    The present coin is an attractive MS63 specimen, with pleasing orange-gold surfaces that show extensive clash marks on both sides. Both sides radiate vibrant mint luster and the design elements are sharply detailed throughout. Overall eye appeal is outstanding. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 19 in 63, 19 finer. CAC: 5 in 63, 2 finer (9/16).
    From The Hutchinson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 507604, Base PCGS# 8102)

    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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