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    1808 Half Eagle, BD-4, MS62
    Luminous Original Luster

    1808 $5 Wide 5D, BD-4, High R.3, MS62 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/a, as always. The obverse die is lapped, with little evidence of the heavy clash marks that this die incurred during its previous use with the leftover 1807 reverse. This reverse die is seen here in its first of two uses. BD-4 is one of the more plentiful varieties of the 1808 half eagle, with 175 to 225 pieces believed extant, but high-quality Mint State coins remain elusive. The present piece displays remarkably original green-gold luster, with a distinctly frosty texture. The design elements are sharply brought up, save for the right-hand obverse denticles which are slightly weak from 2 to 4 o'clock. The corresponding portion of the reverse rim shows the faint remnants of mint-made roller marks. The obverse shows some minor luster grazes that preclude a finer grade, but the surfaces are otherwise devoid of distractions.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25PA, Variety PCGS# 507605, 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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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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