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    Desirable MS64 1810 Half Eagle
    Large Date, Large 5, BD-4

    1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5 MS64 NGC. CAC. Breen-6459, BD-4, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b with dentils clashed near star 8 and the peak of the cap clashed near the denomination. A yellow-gold near-Gem that has hints of olive-green near the peripheries. Both sides display unbroken cartwheel shimmer, and the surfaces are carefully preserved, with only faint field grazes and a thin mark near the D in UNITED separating the piece from an even finer grade. The strike is precise at the borders, although the centers show minor incompleteness, which allows a few parallel mint-made roller marks near the shield to persevere through the strike.
    BD-4 is available by the standards of First Philadelphia Mint gold coins, but is nonetheless very scarce with full mint luster across the open fields, and without friction on Liberty's curls. Three other varieties of 1810 half eagles are known. The rarest is the other Large Date variety, BD-3, which shares the same obverse die but uses a Small 5 to specify the denomination. Dannreuther questions the traditional Small and Large nomenclature. He writes, "Adams and Newcomer ... called the Large 5 a Small 5 because it is shorter than the Tall 5. ... The Large 5 is a misnomer; it should have been called the Squat 5 or the Fat, Squat 5." The Tall 5 that Dannreuther refers to is found on BD-1, the 'common' Small Date variety. The Small 5 is shared by the two rare marriages, BD-2 and BD-3, while only BD-4 has a Large 5. The Tall 5 die of BD-1 is reused on the 1811 BD-1.
    A majority of collectors have never seen a Choice Capped Bust Left half eagle. As a gold type, examples are highly elusive, relative to later series. The demand for early gold coins has grown substantially over the past decade, as specialized knowledge about their rarity and die varieties has been disbursed. Census: 33 in 64, 6 finer (11/08).
    From The Omaha Collection.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# BFXP, 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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