1813 Five Dollar, Highly Lustrous Gem, BD-1
1813 $5 MS65 NGC. CAC. Breen-6467, BD-1, R.2. The 1813 half
eagle is important to collectors for two reasons. First, it is the
initial-year issue in the Capped Head Left series as modified by
Robert Scot after John Reich's original concept. Second, it is by
far the most affordable and obtainable date in the series, a series
that few would dispute is the most difficult in all of U.S.
numismatics. While the 1813 is relatively obtainable in circulated
condition and lower Uncirculated grades, it is extremely elusive in
the higher grades of Mint State. Gems are virtually nonexistent,
with less than half a dozen known in MS65 or finer grades.
The Only High-Grade Date Available in
This Most Difficult U.S. Coin Series
Two varieties are known from a single obverse and two reverse dies. The BD-1 combination is much more plentiful, with about 500 examples known in all grades, but few in top quality. The other variety, BD-2, has a total population of less than 200 coins.
The striking details on this piece are uncommonly well-defined on each side, showing full definition on most of the stars, Liberty's hair, and the feathers on the eagle's neck. The rich green-gold mint luster is free from any major blemishes, with only a small mark or luster graze seen here and there. One lateral abrasion is visible on Liberty's nose, and a couple of small pinscratches are on the reverse from the right (facing) wingtip to the first A of AMERICA. No adjustment marks are visible on either side. Exceptional quality and one of the finest currently available. Census: 5 in 65, 0 finer (5/11).
Ex: Palm Beach Signature (Heritage, 3/2005), lot 6935; Madison Collection/FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3156.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 25PM, PCGS# 8116)
Weight: 8.75 grams
Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper
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