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    1810 Large Date, Large 5 Half Eagle, MS65
    BD-4, Tied for Finest at PCGS
    Top-Flight Type Coin

    1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5, BD-4, R.2, MS65 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/b, showing arcing die clashes through the date and a small vertical die crack between 81 leading up to the gown clasp. The four varieties of 1810 Capped Bust Left form a neat, tidy arrangement that a 2x2 matrix explains nicely: The two obverses are Small Date and Large Date, and the two reverses are Small 5 and Large 5 (also called Tall 5, e.g. by Bass-Dannreuther). The BD-1 is the Small Date, Large/Tall 5 combination at High R.3; BD-2 is the very rare (R.6) Small Date, Small 5 pairing; BD-3 is exceedingly rare (High R.7), matching the Large Date with the Small 5; and BD-4 is the die marriage of the present Gem example, the Large Date obverse and Large 5 reverse. Bass-Dannreuther ranks this variety at R.2, or 500 to 750 known for the date.

    Of the 100,000-plus pieces reportedly struck of the date, Bass-Dannreuther estimate that 75% to 90% are of this die pairing, making it a perfect representative of the type and among the most available overall of early half eagles. The later-date half eagles (1814 and later) were subjected to greater attrition via melting and hoarding than the earlier-date pieces; more survive of the earlier dates. The 1810 BD-4, the 1806 Knobbed 6 (BD-6), the 1807 BD-8, and the 1813 BD-1 are overall the most available of the Capped Bust half eagles. But the 1810 BD-4 probably had the largest mintage overall of these varieties, and it shows a higher survival in MS64 and finer grades as a result -- again making it an ideal type coin.

    The surfaces of this caramel-gold coin are extraordinarily well-preserved and lacking in mentionable distractions. Only minuscule ticks appear; the largest mark is still small, a diagonal scrape at the P of PLURIBUS in the motto. Generous luster prevails throughout. Even though this is a "common variety," the opportunity to bid on an example so fine is far from an everyday occurrence. The last Gem PCGS example we offered of this date was in our FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5090, which brought $103,500. This piece is tied for finest of the date with two other such submissions at PCGS (11/15). (NGC ID# BFXP, Variety PCGS# 507598, Base PCGS# 8108)

    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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