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    Pleasing 1810 Large Date, Large 5 Half Eagle
    MS64, Breen-6459, BD-4

    1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5 MS64 NGC. Breen-6459, BD-4, R.2. Four different die marriages were struck dated 1810, that included all combinations of Large and Small Date, and Large and Small 5 in the denomination. The two Small 5 varieties are significant rarities, while the two Large 5 varieties are comparatively available, although all pre-1834 gold coins are rare. The Large Date, Large 5 variety, that of the coin in this lot, is identified by a nearly horizontal flag on the 1 in the date (the 1 in the Small Date is at a steep angle), and a large squat 5 with its tip pointing to that of the feather.
    The Capped Bust Left motif was designed by John Reich. Walter Breen writes in his 1988 Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins:

    "Almost six months to the day after John Reich became Assistant Engraver of the Mint, assigned to produce improved designs on all denominations, his new half eagles appeared; Mint Director J.R. Snowden (in an 1860 publication) said the date was Sept. 30, 1807. They promptly met with adverse criticism, some newspaper accounts characterizing Reich's new effigy of Ms. Liberty on half eagles and half dollars as 'the artist's fat mistress.' "

    Yellow-gold color imbued with hints of light tan-green enriches both sides of this near-Gem, and a solid strike manifests itself with sharp definition on the design features. The dentilation is strong, except for some weakness in the lower left obverse and upper left reverse. Lustrous surfaces are relatively well preserved, revealing just a few minor scuffs and luster grazes. Light adjustment marks on Liberty's cheek do not distract in the least. This pleasing half eagle will fit comfortably in an early gold type set. Census: 28 in 64, 6 finer (6/07).(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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