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    1820 Capped Bust Left Five, MS64
    Very Rare Curl Base 2, Small Letters, BD-8 Variety
    Second-Finest Certified Example, Ex:Childs

    1820 $5 Curl 2, Small Letters MS64 PCGS. CAC. Breen-6478, BD-8, High R.7. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/c. The year 1820 saw a landmark production of Capped Bust half eagles, with 263,806 pieces struck. The mintage was by far the largest of the decade, and it yielded nine interesting die varieties, based on the style of the 2 in the date and the size of the letters in the legend. This coin represents the very rare BD-8 variety, with a curved base on the 2 and small letters on the reverse. The obverse die had been used before, to strike the BD-7 variety, and the reverse was previously employed to coin the BD-6 die marriage. Both dies seem to have failed during the striking of this issue, although no terminal injury is apparent on the obverse. The coin offered here is the same one referred to in the text of the Bass-Dannreuther reference as being provided by Larry Hanks as an example of the late die state. The fatal reverse crack through OF on the reverse is plainly evident.
    All nine varieties of the 1820 half eagle are rare-very rare, and the BD-8 variety is among the most elusive. The mintage of this issue probably accounts for approximately 6,000-8,000 pieces of the reported production total, and John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at a mere 4-6 specimens. Currently, PCGS has graded only three examples, the finest in MS66, this coin in MS64, and another piece in MS63, while NGC has certified only one specimen in MS62 (11/11).
    The present coin is a delightful Choice example, with vivid yellow and greenish-gold surfaces that display vibrant mint luster and traces of prooflike reflectivity in selected areas. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, and eye appeal is exceptional. This importance of this lot to students of early die varieties cannot be overstated.
    Ex: B. Max Mehl; purchased by C.F. Childs on May 29, 1944; Walter H. Childs Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 706, realized $42,550.
    From The Harvey B. Jacobson, Jr. Collection.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 25PU, PCGS# 8126)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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