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    1808/7 Capped Bust Half Eagle, MS61
    Popular Guide Book Variety, BD-2

    1808/7 $5 MS61 NGC. BD-2, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/c. A substantial mintage of 55,578 Capped Bust Left half eagles was accomplished in 1808, with four die varieties known for the date. Two of the varieties are overdates, employing two leftover obverse dies from 1807, with an 8 punched over the final digit in the date. This coin represents the BD-2 overdate, with a tall numeral 1 in the date. The BD-2 is a scarce variety that probably accounted for 7,500-12,500 pieces of the reported mintage. The surviving population numbers 80-100 examples in all grades. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was also used to strike the BD-8 variety of 1807 and both the BD-1 and BD-3 varieties of 1808.

    This coin is an attractive MS61 example with lustrous antique-gold surfaces that show only minor signs of contact and no planchet adjustment marks. The design elements are well-detailed with just a touch of softness on the lower curls and eagle's claws. Census: 14 in 61, 9 finer (12/13).
    From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: P3)

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

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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