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    1809/8 Half Eagle, BD-1, Colorful MS63
    Undeniably Original, Vibrant Surfaces

    1809/8 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS63 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b. There is something beneath the oversized 9 in the date, although opinions vary about whether it is an underdigit 8, a repunched 9, or some other artifact. This variety is the sole die marriage for the year, with a mintage of 33,875 pieces. As a date, the 1809 is the scarcest of the Capped Bust Left series, although there are several scarcer varieties among the different dates 1807-1812.

    This CAC-endorsed Select Uncirculated example is colorfully toned and brightly lustrous. Sharply struck greenish-gold centers meld with orange accents at the margins on the obverse, while the reverse displays gleaming orange-gold coloration with pale-blue highlights. A glass reveals only a few tiny marks and wispy lines on either side, none worthy of individual mention. The crisp strike and eye appeal suggest an even finer grade than that awarded on the previous generation light-blue label holder. Population: 24 in 63 (3 in 63+), 31 finer. CAC: 7 in 63, 7 finer (6/18). (NGC ID# BFXK, Variety PCGS# 507603, Base PCGS# 8104)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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