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    1818 Half Eagle, BD-1, Two-Toned AU53

    1818 $5 BD-1, R.5, AU53 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b, cracked reverse. The 1818 half eagle date is interesting. Its three varieties are the Normal Date, the STATESOF reverse, and the 5D/50 variety, each with a unique obverse paired strictly, or monogamously, with a different reverse -- a situation "unique among early half eagles and, really, all the early gold coins," according to John Dannreuther. This Normal Dies example of the BD-1 is nonetheless characterized by its use of John Reich's secret "notched point" star punch for all stars around the obverse, a trait that never again reappeared after Reich himself disappeared from Mint employ in the previous year, 1817, following exactly 10 years of service. This lightly circulated early half eagle shows deep brick-red accents around the peripheral devices, contrasting against pale orange-yellow in the fields on both sides. A curlicue mark appears on Liberty's lower neck, and the strike is a tad weak on the left (facing) side of the shield on the reverse.
    From The Twelve Oaks Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519911, Base PCGS# 8119)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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    9th-12th Friday-Monday
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