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    1834 Capped Half Eagle, MS61
    BD-1, Plain 4
    Few Examples Seen at Auction

    1834 $5 With Motto, Plain 4, BD-1, High R.5, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. There are four varieties of the Capped Bust 1834 half eagle, but only two are usually collectible. BD-4 is unique, and BD-3 is a High R.7 die pairing. John Dannreuther estimates a survivorship of 45 to 55 coins for BD-2 and 30 to 40 for BD-1, which is offered here in Uncirculated condition. Bright yellow-gold surfaces are satiny and minimally abraded, save for a small mark on Liberty's chin that serves as a pedigree marker. The design elements are well-struck in the centers, although the border stars are infrequently weak.

    BD-1 is a Plain 4 variety and an ideal type coin for collectors seeking a final-year representative of this heavier 8.75 gm series. However, it is somewhat scarcer than the BD-2 marriage. In the last decade, most of the 1834 Capped Bust half eagles that we have seen were BD-2 coins. In fact, we have not handled a BD-1 example since the Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2011), lot 7544, where an MS65 NGC coin garnered $143,750. More recently, the Pogue MS64 coin realized $152,750 (Stack's Bowers, 5/2016). This MS61 example comes to the market with no true comparables. We anticipate strong collector interest in this piece as a type coin, although specialists should also pay attention to the variety, as BD-1 has proven to be far rarer than BD-2 in recent years.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519955, Base PCGS# 8160)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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