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    1819 BD-1 Half Eagle, MS65
    The Finest Known Wide Date Variant
    Only 16 to 20 Pieces Believed Known

    1819 $5 Overpunched Denomination (I Over 0), BD-1, FS-901, High R.6, MS65 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Garrett-Pogue. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/c, reverse shield die clashed. There are two varieties known of the 1819 half eagle. The first, offered here, has a wide date and a blundered reverse with the D in 5D formed by an I punched over an errant 0. The other variety for this year (BD-2) has a close date with a normal reverse. The latter is rarer and the McCoy Family Collection contained a PCGS MS61 example that was sold via private treaty to über-collector D.L. Hansen in 2019.

    The 1819 Wide Date has been regarded as a rarity for many years and it is estimated that only 16 to 20 pieces are known in total; this includes two in the Smithsonian and another in the Bass Reference Collection in the ANA. Our best estimate is that seven or eight of these are Uncirculated and the finest piece available to collectors is the McCoy coin. PCGS reports four coins graded in Uncirculated: one each in MS62, MS63, MS64, and MS65.

    This piece has superb eye appeal and it is a pristine Gem with lovely light to medium yellow-gold contrasted by deeper orange hues at the right obverse and across much of the reverse. The strike is sharp with just a bit of weakness on the high spots in the centers. Both sides are heavily frosted and there are no detracting marks; two small ticks on the cheek are trivial. Regarding its overall eye appeal, this is a truly exceptional coin.

    There are no good auction comparables for this date. The next finest 1819 Wide Date half eagle to sell was a PCGS MS62 that realized $184,000 in Heritage's 2012 FUN sale. That coin and the piece offered here are the only Uncirculated pieces sold at auction since the Bass II, lot 812 coin brought $59,800 in October, 1999.

    This is clearly a highlight of the McCoy Family Collection and it is one of the most important early gold coins that will be available to advanced collectors in 2020.
    Joseph J. Mickley, purchased before 1867; William Sumner Appleton Collection, sold en bloc via W. Elliot Woodward, 1867; John Schayer; W. Elliot Woodward, sold privately 1/23/1883; T. Harrison Garrett; Johns Hopkins University; Garrett Collection, Part I (Bowers & Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 462, where it realized $85,000; Stanley Kesselman; R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection; Paramount Fixed Price List of the Naftzger Collection, sold privately 10/1981; D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part III (Stack's/Bowers, 2/2016), lot 3153, where it brought $423,000; Douglas Winter Numismatics as agent for The McCoy Family Collection.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 45655, Base PCGS# 8124)

    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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