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    Very Rare 1830 Small 5D Five
    BD-2, AU Details

    1830 $5 --Repaired, Improperly Cleaned--NCS. AU Details. Small 5D, Breen-6492, BD-2, High R.5. Like all of the later Capped Bust half eagles, the 1830 Small 5D and Large 5D issues are virtually impossible to find in any grade. Garrett and Guth (2006) write that the Small 5D is slightly rarer, while Dannreuther (2006) believes the opposite. NGC and PCGS report a combined 41 coins for both varieties (11/10). In nearly 30 years Heritage has sold only eight 1830 half eagles (three Small 5D and five Large 5D). It is clear that both varieties are extremely elusive.
    This well-defined specimen has bright yellow coloration on both sides. The left obverse field and the lower cheek of Liberty have been repaired, and the reverse shows scattered marks. The shield and stars show only moderate weakness. It may be years before another 1830 Small 5D half eagle is offered for sale.(Registry values: P6)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25RA, PCGS# 8152)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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