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    1834 With Motto Capped Bust Half Eagle
    BD-2, Crosslet 4, AU Details

    1834 $5 With Motto, Crosslet 4, BD-2, R.5 -- Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. AU. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. In regards to the Small Size Capped Bust half eagles of 1829 to 1834, collectors usually cannot afford to be extremely choosy in selecting an example for their cabinets. Finding a representative of a certain date or variety in any condition is difficult, and in some cases, finding a problem-free coin that doesn't break the bank is almost impossible.

    Three head dies and three tail dies were employed for the 1834 Capped Bust half eagle, producing four individual varieties. BD-1 and BD-2 are the only ones that are at all collectible, yet, with only 30 to 40 and 45 to 55 examples believed extant, respectively, even these will prove extremely challenging to locate. This BD-2 representative shows bold detail, with a few hints of luster remaining in the protected regions. Pale olive-gold patina is the product of light cleaning, although the surfaces are pleasantly smooth.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519956, Base PCGS# 8161)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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