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    1821 Capped Head Left Half Eagle, MS63+
    Classic Early Gold Rarity
    Second-Finest Business-Strike BD-1 Example

    1821 $5 BD-1, High R.6, MS63+ PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. Only 15-20 examples of this date are known. There are two varieties:

    BD-1: Star 13 close. The more available of the two with 12-15 pieces known.
    BD-2:
    Star 13 distant. The rarer of the two with an estimated three to five examples known.



    It is likely that as few as four or five Uncirculated 1821 half eagles are known as well as a small number (likely two) proofs. The finest by a large margin is the exceptional PCGS MS66+ Pogue IV, lot 4025 coin, which set a record for the date at $564,000 when it sold in May 2016. The McCoy/Amon Carter example, offered here, is likely the second best outside of a museum.

    This example is extremely attractive for the grade with full mint frost seen below natural medium green-gold hues. On the obverse, there are a few splashes of orange-gold; less so on the reverse. The strike is very bold with no areas of weakness noted, while the surfaces show only a few tiny, scattered marks with a cluster located in the lower-right obverse field. This is clearly a highlight of this collection and it represents an extremely important opportunity for the advanced collector of early gold.


    Roster of 1821 Half Eagles.
    The grades are per the last auction appearance, unless a later certification is reported. Some coins have undoubtedly been resubmitted since their last public offering.
    1. PR65 Cameo. BD-1.
    An example in the National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution, formerly in the Mint Cabinet. Grade by Garrett and Guth.
    2. PR63 to 64. BD-1.
    John Colvin Randall Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 6/1885), lot 927, per Walter Breen; William H. Woodin, displayed at the 1914 ANS Exhibition (plate 15); Waldo Newcomer, plate matched to Newcomer plates, first example; Colonel E.H.R. Green; B.G. Johnson; King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 237; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987), lot 773; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Grade per the Norweb catalog.
    3. MS66+ PCGS. BD-1.
    Abe Kosoff; Texas collector; Roy E. "Ted" Naftzger Fixed Price List (Paramount, 1981); Paramount (David Akers), by sale, April 1982; Pogue, Part IV (Stack's Bowers, 5/2016), lot 4025, where it brought $564,000.
    4. MS63+ PCGS. BD-1.
    Amon Carter, Sr.; Amon Carter, Jr.; Amon Carter Family Collection (Stack's, 1/1984), lot 659; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Goldberg, 1/2014), lot 1777, realized $540,500; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2015), lot 4291, where it sold for $352,500. The present coin.
    5. Uncirculated. BD-1.
    Wolfson Collection (Stack's, 10/1962), lot 365; Nate Shapero Collection (Stack's, 10/1971), lot 975; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Grade per the Wolfson catalog.
    6. MS62 NGC. BD-1.
    George Seavey, exhibited before the Boston Numismatic Society on February 14, 1869; Seavey Descriptive Catalog (William Strobridge, 6/1873), lot 437; Lorin G. Parmelee, who purchased Seavey's collection intact before the date of the sale; Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 930; Harlan Page Smith Collection (S.H. & H. Chapman, 5/1906), lot 209; John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. in 1942, via Stack's; Eliasberg estate; United States Gold Coin Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1982), lot 377; James Newton Howard; Pre-Long Beach Auction (Superior, 5/2006), lot 1104.
    7. AU58 PCGS. BD-1.
    F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 1/1946), lot 370; Memorable Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1948), lot 320; Adolphe Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 6/1950), lot 1466; Farish Baldenhofer Collection (Stack's, 11/1955), lot 1238; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4673, realized $161,000.
    8. AU55. BD-1.
    Colonel E.H.R. Green; C.T. Weihman; Josiah K. Lilly; National Numismatic Collection, Smithsonian Institution. Grade by Garrett and Guth.
    9. AU55 NGC. BD-1.
    A. Dohrmann Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 3/1882), lot 514; T. Harrison Garrett; Garrett Collection (Bowers and Ruddy, 11/1979), lot 464; October Sale (Superior, 10/1990), lot 2094; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior, 5/2003), lot 3697; Frog Run Farm Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 11/2004), lot 1797; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 3/2009), lot 3707; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5427.
    10. AU55 NGC. BD-1.
    Belden Roach Collection (B. Max Mehl, 2/1944), lot 545; Jerome Kern Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1950), lot 355; ANA Convention Sale (Stack's, 8/1976), lot 2938; March Sale (Stack's, 3/1983), lot 1294; purchased privately from Stack's by the owner of the Rajj Collection, 4/1983; Rajj Collection (Stack's Bowers, 8/2011), lot 7671.
    11. AU53 PCGS. BD-1.
    Dr. Clifford Smith Collection (Stack's, 5/1955), lot 1684; Public Auction Sale (Lester Merkin, 9/1967), lot 423; Auction '81 (Paramount, 7/1981), lot 1428; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 11/2009), lot 3684; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2020), lot 4406, where it sold for $111,000.
    12. AU. BD-1.
    Golden Sale (Kreisberg-Schulman, 3/1962), lot 2483; S.S. Forrest, Jr. Collection (Stack's, 9/1972), lot 209; Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1979), lot 357. Grade per the Forrest catalog.
    13. MS61 NGC.
    BD-2. James Lawson before 1880; Lawson's collection was stored in a bank vault after his death until it was consigned to Abe Kosoff by Mrs. Mabel R. Sandford, presumably one of his heirs; ANA Convention Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1947), lot 429; Thomas Melish Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 4/1956), lot 1947; J.F. Bell II (RARCOA, 4/1963), lot 599; 10th Anniversary Auction (Kreisberg-Schulman, 4/1967), lot 771; Davies/Niewoehner Collections (Paramount, 6/1975), lot 555; Arnold and Romisa Collections (Bowers and Merena, 9/1984), lot 127; Auction '85 (RARCOA, 7/1985), lot 435; Charles Kramer Collection (Stack's/Superior, 12/1988), lot 323; Auction '89 (Superior, 7/1989), lot 888; Michael Keston Collection (Superior, 1/1996), lot 112; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior, 5/2001), lot 4043. Akers plate coin.
    14. AU55 NGC.
    BD-2. George H. Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 2391; Collection of a Private Individual (Thomas Elder, 4/1920), lot 624; Waldo Newcomer, pictured on the Newcomer plates, second example; Col. E.H.R. Green; Flanagan Collection (Stack's, 3/1944), lot 1097; J.F. Bell Collection (Stack's, 12/1944), lot 343; H.R. Lee Sale (Stack's 10/1947), lot 1240; Eliasberg-Evans Collections (New Netherlands, 6/1957), lot 378; unknown intermediaries; Baltimore ANA (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1954; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2014), lot 5727. Note: The plates in the Flanagan, Bell, and H.R. Lee sales are all stock photos that depict the proof BD-1 example from the Newcomer/Col. Green collections in number 2 above.

    Additional Appearances.
    Note: Many of the earlier appearances were not attributed by die variety or pictured in the catalogs.
    A.
    A.C. Kline Sale (Moses Thomas & Sons, 6/1855), lot 189, called a proof in the description.
    B.
    Sixth Semi-Annual Sale (Woodward, 3/1865), lot 2773, realized $33 to John F. McCoy; sold privately to Heman Ely for $40; Heman Ely Collection (Woodward, 1/1884), lot 834.
    C.
    Mendes I. Cohen Collection (Edward Cogan, 10/1875), lot 142, realized $200 to Phineas Adams; William J. Jenks; Sixty-Ninth Sale (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 356.
    D.
    Randall Collection, Part II (Woodward, 9/1885), lot 1029, called proof, possibly a reappearance of the coin in the first Randall sale (see number 4 above). Although Walter Breen indicated that Woodin bought the coin in lot 927 of the June 1885 Randall sale, Woodin himself wrote in the May 1911 issue of The Numismatist that he purchased his first gold coins from Randall around 1888. It is possible that Randall bought the coin in at the first sale, where it sold for only $17, offered it again in the second sale, bought it in again, and finally sold it to Woodin in 1888.
    E.
    BD-1. Mathew Stickney Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1907), lot 664.
    F.
    BD-1. James Ten Eyck Collection (B. Max Mehl, 5/1922), lot 187.
    G.
    Sale Number 399 (J.C. Morgenthau, 5/1939), lot 142.
    H.
    BD-1. William Forrester Dunham Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1941), lot 2094.
    I.
    BD-1. William Cutler Atwater Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 1639, possibly the Amon Carter coin in number 4 above.
    J.
    Texas Sale (Kagin/Hollinbeck, 12/1951), lot 1822.
    K.
    Farish Baldenhofer Collection (Stack's, 11/1955), lot 1239.
    L.
    BD-1. FUN Sale (Federal Brand, 1/1963), lot 4182.
    M.
    A specimen purchased by Virgil Brand in 1906 from a dealer named Pelletier for $250.
    N.
    BD-1. Rare Coin Auction (Superior, 12/1972), lot 1941.
    O.
    Collector's Portfolio (Kreisberg, 10/1978), catalog not available for comparison.
    P.
    According to the inventory of his collection, Colonel Green owned at least one more coin, in addition to the three examples attributed to him above.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519929, Base PCGS# 8129)

    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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