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    Late Die State 1808 BD-3 Half Eagle, MS64

    1808 $5 MS64 NGC. Breen-6456, BD-3, R.4. The obverse of this Choice Mint State piece has heavy clash marks over the date, wrapping around both sides of the bust. The reverse also has extremely heavy clash marks, including a single line clash mark from the final A to 5D, apparently mistaken by John Dannreuther as a die crack. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, A Study of Die States, 1795-1834, he wrote: "Reverse State e, believed terminal, reclashed, now with crack from last A of AMERICA through denomination (later stages may exist, but the only example observed is Nebraska III: 1440 conducted by R.M. Smythe)." The Smythe sale was held in May 2000. The present example is probably the terminal die state for the variety, ending the extensive use of the reverse die that began the previous year.
    The Capped Bust Left design type was John Reich's redesign for the half eagles, one of the first two coinage designs that he revised. While it had its critics, some who referred to Liberty as his "fat mistress," the design and all of his work are highly popular among numismatists today. The present example, in addition to its importance as a late die state, is also a remarkable quality piece.
    Both sides have frosty and highly lustrous yellow-gold surfaces with a hint of green. A couple tiny marks are evident on each side but the overall quality is exceptional. Slight weakness is noted at the left (facing) claw with the balance of detail boldly defined.
    From The Estate of Jack Lee Collection.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 4U57, PCGS# 8102)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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