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    Choice Uncirculated 1830 Half Eagle, Rare Large 5D Reverse

    1830 $5 MS 63 NGC. Large 5D. B. 1, Miller-158, High R.6. While the 1830 Small 5D variety is a prized rarity in its own right, Choice Mint State representatives of the elusive Large 5D are all but unknown in numismatic circles. Writing in 1979, David Akers estimated that no more than 35 pieces exist with an average level of preservation no higher the Choice Extremely Fine. The exact number of Large 5D examples produced is, of course, unknown, but we speculate that the Philadelphia Mint struck these pieces before their Small 5D counterparts. Both varieties used the same obverse die, although all extant Large 5D representatives display repunching on the 0 in the date. After the Mint switched to the Small 5D reverse die and produced an unknown number of pieces, employees repolished the obverse die and obliterated evidence of the repunching. This emission order, coupled with its greater rarity, suggests that the Large 5D reverse broke early in the production process.
    This coin's MS 63 grade designation hardly does justice to its eye appeal. Both sides exhibit nicely frosted devices and deeply reflective fields that combine to impart a gorgeous prooflike finish. The striking qualities are impeccable and every last design element exhibits razor sharp definition. The vivid yellow-gold faces radiate powerfully through the holder uninhibited by noteworthy surface disruptions. A probable Condition Census example for the die variety, this lovely piece rivals the coin that appeared as lot 1070 in the James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 10/94). The Stack specimen realized $36,000 in 1994 and has also been graded MS 63 by NGC.
    From the Joseph J. Abbell Collection of U.S. Gold Coins. (NGC ID# BFYC, PCGS# 8152)

    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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    January, 2000
    5th-7th Wednesday-Friday
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