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    1833 Capped Head Left Five, AU Details
    Rare BD-1, Large Date Variety

    1833 $5 Large Date, BD-1, High R.5 -- Rim Filing -- NGC Details. AU. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/d. A substantial mintage of 193,630 Capped Head Left half eagles was accomplished in 1833, with three die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the BD-1 variety, with widely spaced large numerals in the date. The BD-1 variety is quite scarce, with a surviving population of 35-45 examples in all grades. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse had been used previously to strike both varieties of the 1832 half eagle. The reverse die shows evidence of lapping, with a resulting lack of detail in many areas.

    This attractive specimen displays antique greenish-gold surfaces that retain some semiprooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas. The design elements were strongly impressed, but some detail is missing on the reverse, due to the excessive lapping of the dies. The obverse is from an unusually late die state, with a crack showing from 1 in the date through the truncation to star 1. The pleasing fields show only minor abrasions and the noted rim damage is not obtrusive. This coin should be a welcome addition to a fine collection of early U.S. gold.
    Ex: Donald E. Bently; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5438, realized $22,325..
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II.

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

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    September, 2019
    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
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