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    1808/7 Half Eagle, BD-1, AU58
    Rare Overdate Variety

    1808/7 $5 BD-1, R.6, AU58 NGC. Ex: Hilt Collection. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/c, terminal, with a shattered obverse die. The most significant crack bisects the obverse from the first 8 in the date, through the T in LIBERTY, to the rim above the cap. The remnants of an underlying 7 are visible to the upper and lower-left of the second 8 in the date. This variety is rare, several times rarer than the other overdate variety of this year, BD-2, which shares this reverse die, but has a different obverse. Only 20 to 30 examples of BD-1 are believed extant, making it by far the rarest variety of the 1808 issue, and nearly twice as rare as the BD-7 1807 variety, with which it is sometimes mistakenly thought to be similar in availability. This nearly Mint State example shows sharp stars and central detail, with frosty green-gold luster that yields just a brush of friction over the high points of the design and the open areas of the fields. An impressive, late die state example of this challenging die marriage.
    From The Liberty USA Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25PB, Variety PCGS# 45636, Base PCGS# 8103)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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