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    1810 Small Date, Small 5 Half Eagle
    Rare BD-2 Variety
    Condition Census Near-Mint Example

    1810 $5 Small Date, Small 5 AU58 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6461, BD-2, R.6. According to Mint records, 100,287 Capped Bust Left half eagles were struck in 1810, a huge mintage for the time. This large production was divided among four different die varieties distinguished by the different size numeral punches used in the date and denomination. The coin offered here belongs to the rare Small Date, Small 5, BD-2 variety that uses the same size date punches as the issues of 1808 and 1809.
    The initial mintage of the Small Date, Small 5 variety must have been quite small, probably only 2,000-4,000 pieces. The variety is decidedly elusive today, with John Dannreuther estimating the surviving population at 25-30 pieces, while PCGS believes the total is even smaller, only about 20 specimen in all grades. These figures put the 1810 BD-2 in the same rarity class as the 1854-O and 1856-O double eagles. Current population data shows a total of 11 coins certified at PCGS and NGC combined (11/11).
    There are only two die states known for the 1810 Small Date, Small 5, as the obverse die shattered early in the production run. This coin represents the final Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b, with extensive die cracks evident on both sides. This was the only use of the obverse die, although Walter Breen mistakenly believed it was used on the other Small Date variety of this year. The reverse die was later used to strike the even rarer Large Date, Small 5, BD-3 variety.
    The present coin is a Condition Census near-Mint example, with vibrant mint luster and vivid antique-gold color. The design elements are sharply detailed in most areas, with just a touch of softness on the eagle's claws. Only a few minor contact marks are present, explaining the grade. Visual appeal is outstanding. We expect spirited bidding from early gold specialists when this exceptional lot crosses the auction block. Population: 1 in 58, 1 finer (11/11).
    From The Harvey B. Jacobson, Jr. Collection.(Registry values: P7) (NGC ID# 42HK, PCGS# 8105)

    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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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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