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    Light Greenish-Gold 1813 Half Eagle
    BD-1, MS62

    1813 $5 MS62 PCGS. BD-1, R.2. The one obverse die for 1813 half eagles is shared between two reverse dies, with the BD-1 pairing, as here, showing the first S in STATES over the right side of the E in the Latin motto. This is another issue--there are so many--where the rarity factors and certified populations must be examined with a critical eye. Remember that probably 99% of all old-tenor gold coins were melted in the 1830s, when their bullion value exceeded their nominal value. Of the 95,428 half eagles recorded struck in 1813 (which were not necessarily all 1813-dated coins), Bass-Dannreuther estimate that 600 to 850 examples survive today, of both varieties in all grades.
    This MS62 piece offers sharp striking details that are especially strong on Liberty's hair and the eagle's neck. The rich reddish-gold surfaces display considerable mint luster. A few minor marks on Liberty's chin and neck define the grade but do little to dampen the appeal. No adjustment marks are noted.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25PM, 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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