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    1834 Plain 4 Capped Head Half Eagle, MS63
    BD-1, Condition Census Quality

    1834 $5 With Motto, Plain 4, BD-1, High R.5, MS63 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. By a slight margin, the Plain 4 is the scarcer of the two date variants of 1834 Capped Head half eagle. There are actually two known die varieties for the 1834 Plain 4 with the second, BD-3, extremely rare, with fewer than a half dozen pieces known. An estimated 30 to 40 examples are known with a number of these showing enough handling to grade AU55 to MS61. It is likely that four or five coins exist in MS63 with another two or three in MS64. NGC has graded one piece MS65 but most serious collectors believe that the finest are the tiny handful known in MS64. The best we have seen is the Gilhousen/Pogue PCGS MS64 that brought $152,750 in May 2016.

    This piece shows a blend of mint frost and slight reflectiveness, as seen on many of the higher grade examples of this variety. The strike is just a bit less bold than on the following coin. Most of the hair curls on the obverse show separation but there is a touch of weakness on the eagle's neck feathers. Some wispy lines can be seen in the fields from numismatic handling but these are not out of keeping with the assigned grade. In fact, this coin has been in an MS63 holder since at least 2008 (if not earlier).

    The last PCGS MS63 to sell at auction was this coin that sold in 2008 (see below for more information). The last NGC MS63 to sell at auction was offered all the way back in May 1992. Beside the previously mentioned Pogue coin, the last PCGS MS64 to sell via auction was bid up to $115,000 in the Superior September 2005 event.

    With a PCGS population of just three pieces certified in MS63 and three finer (all MS64), this piece is clearly in the Condition Census for the issue and the last time it sold, it set a record price for a business strike 1834 Capped Head Plain 4 half eagle.
    Ex: Husky Sale (Stack's, 6/2008), lot 2089, where it sold for $126,500.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

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

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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