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    1799 Small Stars Five Dollar, MS62
    Rare BD-4 Variety
    Estimated 10-12 Pieces Known
    Likely the Finest Extant, Ex: Childs

    1799 $5 Small Reverse Stars, BD-4, R.7, MS62 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. Both dies are perfect with no lapping, clash marks, or die cracks, as normally seen, and the reflective fields suggest an early strike from newly prepared dies. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, A Study of Die States 1795-1834, John Dannreuther described two die states, perfect or with reverse clash marks. He further suggested that a terminal die state with later reverse die damage should exist. Indeed, such a coin does exist, as an example of BD-4 with two retained cuds on the reverse appeared as lot 2260 in a Bowers and Merena March 2003 auction.

    Still, only 10 to 12 examples of the BD-4 variety are known, according to Dannreuther, and perhaps fewer pieces actually exist. When this piece was handled in 1999, at the same time that the first Bass gold sale was being prepared, and with both Bass specimens available for side-by-side study, the cataloger wrote: "This is apparently a very rare variety with most examples well circulated. In fact, this example, which is nicer than either in the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, may be finest known for the die marriage."

    Even today, the likely status as finest known of the variety remains unchanged. Minor surface abrasions are confined to the open areas of the obverse and reverse fields. The brilliant, green-gold surfaces and reflective fields of this lovely specimen host delicate splashes of pale-orange toning. The present offering represents an incredible opportunity for the advanced early half eagle specialist.
    Ex: Walter H. Childs Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 689; FUN Signature (Heritage, 7/2012), lot 4833; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2013), lot 3947; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2018), lot 5238. (Variety PCGS# 519876, Base PCGS# 8081)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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

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