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    Near-Gem 1814/3 Half Eagle, BD-1
    Late Die State, None Finer Graded

    1814/3 $5 MS64 NGC. CAC. Breen-6468, BD-1, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State Obverse c / Reverse d. The overdate 1814/3 half eagles are another of the several so-called "single-variety years," in that there are no other die pairings bearing this date. The recorded mintage was 15,454 coins, although not all may have borne the 1814/3 overdate -- some may have been regular 1813-dated coins.
    The overdate feature makes this a popular issue. The Bass-Dannreuther reference notes that the overdate feature "fades" in later die states, which is curious, because the present piece is a late state of the dies on both sides, and yet the overdate feature is still quite bold. In fact, it matches the description that Bass provides for his Obverse Die State a, unclashed specimen: "Remnants of a 3 clearly visible at both sides of top of 4, below its crossbar at left, and on both sides of crossbar at right." Perhaps the sharpness is greater on the unclashed Bass coin.
    In other areas, however, the obverse of the present near-Gem is clearly and boldly clashed, like most examples seen of the issue. The most prominent clash is the "ear bars" from both the vertical and horizontal shield stripes that intermingle with the ear, hair, and ERTY. Other clashing is prominent behind the head, at the date, under the neck truncation, under the nose, and in front of the headband. The reverse shows clashing that is widespread but more subtle due to subsequent lapping of the die, along with some light die cracks.
    This near-Gem displays deep color that is nearly to brown with some underlying red. The strike is remarkably sharp throughout. A small, straight scratch appears between stars 6 and 7, one of the only singular marks. There are none graded finer at either service. Census: 8 in 64, 0 finer (11/11).(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# BFXT, PCGS# 8117)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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    January, 2012
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