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    Near-Gem 1813 Half Eagle, BD-1
    Eye-Appealing Type Coin Candidate

    1813 $5 MS64 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6467, BD-1, R.2. This near-Gem is a splendid example that represents the first year of issue for the new design, and the only reasonably common date in the entire series through 1834. John Reich's early Capped Bust design was self-modified to the Capped Head design. The central obverse motif is a female head facing left, wearing a cap, with flowing curls behind the head. The reverse was also slightly modified, but is essentially the same as the previous type. Later years of this design had dies produced by either Robert Scot or William Kneass, each merely being a copy of the John Reich design.
    The entire design type from 1813 to 1834 exists to the extent of not more than about 2,000 coins for all issues combined. Given the large number of dates and the survival of 1813 alone, this is an extremely small total population, and a minute portion of the original mintage. Nearly every example coined was immediately exported, where the coins were exchanged for their bullion content and promptly melted. Few examples survived the process. In 1813, the mintage was 95,428 coins from two die marriages that share a common obverse. The BD-1 die combination is the single most plentiful variety of the entire design type, while the BD-2 combination is much rarer. All told, there are probably about 500 half eagles still surviving from this first issue.
    This lovely example is highly lustrous with frosty light yellow-gold surfaces and excellent eye appeal. Both sides have the usual tiny scattered marks consistent with the grade. The strike is sharp and well-centered. Minor clash marks are visible on both sides. Population: 48 in 64, 3 finer (11/11).
    Ex: Denver Signature(Heritage, 8/2006), lot 5491; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3155.(Registry values: P2)

    Coin Index Numbers: (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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    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    4th-8th Wednesday-Sunday
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