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    1828 Half Eagle, AU Details
    Rare BD-4 Variety
    Seldom Seen as a Date

    1828 $5 BD-4, High R.6 -- Repaired -- NGC Details. AU. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. Any offering of an 1828-dated half eagle, overdate or not, is a remarkable occurrence. The two 1828/7 varieties, BD-1 and BD-2, are ranked High R.7 (three to five known) and Unique, respectively. The two nonoverdate 1828 half eagle variants, BD-3 and BD-4, are R.8 (three to four known) and High R.6 (12 to 15 known).

    The BD-4 shows the date closely spaced and centered in the field between the rim and bust. Star 1 is quite close to the bust, and one of its points virtually touches the dentils. Star 13 is slightly lower than on the BD-3, pointing to the largest part of the prominent lower curl. The reverse, shared between the BD-3 and BD-4, shows the last S in STATES centered over the US of PLURIBUS, and the top of the 5 in the denomination is slightly higher than the D.

    Some repairs are evident in the fields before and behind the head, likely to remove abrasions, and some polishing or whizzing has been done. Other signs of treatment are visible in the reverse fields, on either side of the wings, where the surfaces are a bit overbright. Even so, the repairs, at least on the obverse, are not all that obtrusive, and given the rarity of the date, not terribly distracting. This piece should see some spirited bidding from astute early gold collectors.
    Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2006), lot 2715, which brought $19,550; Donald E. Bently; FUN Signature(Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5434, realized $30,550.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2019
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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