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    Delightful 1810 Large Date, Large 5 Five
    MS65, Among the Finest Type Survivors

    1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5 MS65 PCGS. 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)," in the words of Bass-Dannreuther.
    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 nonetheless share 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 nearly 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 two pieces graded; there is but a single coin finer (12/10).
    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. 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. Population: 2 in 65, 1 finer (11/10).(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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