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    Rare 1834 Capped Head, Crosslet 4 Five
    Final Capped Bust Half Eagle, BD-2

    1834 $5 Capped Head, Crosslet 4 PCGS Genuine. Breen-6500, BD-2, R.5. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been damaged and cleaned.
    1834 was the last year of the Capped Bust type, and there are four varieties known: two Plain 4 and two Crosslet 4. BD-2 is identified by the crosslet 4 in the date, which is centered below an incomplete hair curl. On BD-4, the other Crosslet 4 1834 half eagle, the 4 is under a full and compact hair curl. BD-4 is unique, which makes BD-2 the only available Crosslet 4 variety of this type. Dannreuther's estimate of just 45 to 55 survivors may be too high; population data and auction records seem to indicate that this variety is even rarer.
    The surfaces are mostly bright yellow, save for some reddish patina around the margins. Numerous small marks are seen on both sides, with two more noticeable ones that extend from Liberty's lower neck into the left obverse field. The stars and shield are softly defined, but the rest of the details are well defined.

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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