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    1810 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle, MS65
    Large Date, Large 5, BD-4
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5, BD-4, R.2, MS65 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. The flag atop the 1 in the date is virtually horizontal, the reverse showing a squat, large 5 with the feather tip pointing to the tip of the flag (positioned just past the end of the flag, identifying the BD-4 variety.

    There are four die varieties of 1810 half eagle, two Small Date and two Large Date, but unfortunately they do not form a neat 2x2 matrix. The BD-1 and BD-2 Small Dates exhibit different obverses and reverses (the former a Tall 5, the latter a Small 5). The BD-2 Small 5 reverse on the BD-3 is paired with the Large Date obverse, and that obverse is paired with the BD-4 reverse, a Large 5 type. Only the BD-1, Small Date, Tall 5, and the BD-4, Large Date, Large 5, are considered available varieties. The BD-2 and BD-3 are ranked R.6 (25-30 known) and High R.7 (4-6 known) by Bass-Dannreuther. This compares to the High R.3 and R.2 rankings of the BD-1 and BD-4, respectively (150-225 known; 500-750 known).

    The relative availability of the BD-4 nonetheless works to the advantage of the present delightful Gem, which is undoubtedly one of the finest survivors of the issue. Although PCGS has certified more than three dozen examples of the BD-4 in MS64, the PCGS-certified population falls off a cliff at the Gem level, where this piece is one of only four examples graded; with one finer (7/20).

    This piece is inordinately well-deserving of the Gem grade, in any case. Any "coin old-timer" (which includes the present cataloger) will immediately recognize the "original skin" as one of this coin's chief attributes. The "crusty" appearance and glorious greenish-gold color complement frosty luster, with few mentionable marks on either side. Minuscule planchet adjustment marks are confined to the reverse, most noticeable through the ribbon and US in PLURIBUS. A hint of strike softness on the eagle's left (facing) claw is undistracting.

    It must be mentioned that this piece is not only one of the finest BD-4s surviving; it is also one of the finest examples surviving for this incredibly difficult U.S. coin type.
    Ex:FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5090.
    From The James Dines "Original Goldbug" Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 507598, Base PCGS# 8108)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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