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    1813 Capped Bust Five, MS64
    Lustrous Type Coin, Scarcer BD-2 Variety

    1813 $5 BD-2, R.4, MS64 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/b. Mintage figures within the modified Capped Bust half eagle type struck from 1813 to 1834 are of little significance in discussions of rarity, as most of these issues fell victim to extensive melting and survive in extremely limited numbers today. For the type collector, the 1813 is the ideal option, being the only issue that can be termed available, if still only in the context of the type.

    BD-2 is the scarcer of the two 1813 half eagle varieties, although it is not so rare as to be unobtainable for the patient collector. It shares its obverse with BD-1 and, per die states, was the second variety struck. Although lightly cracked, this reverse die remained serviceable and was employed for the entirety of the 1814 and 1815-dated coinage, each of which consist of only a single variety.

    The present example displays frosty yellow-gold luster and exhibits only the faintest disruptions in the fields to limit the grade. The eagle's left (facing) wing and leg are a touch soft, as is Liberty's cheek, but the stars are sharp and the strike is evenly executed. Population, both varieties included: 51 in 64 (1 in 64+), 3 finer (2/15).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 45648, Base PCGS# 8116)

    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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    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
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