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    1803/2 Half Eagle, MS61
    Rare BD-2 Variety
    Semiprooflike Fields

    1803/2 $5 BD-2, R.5, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/c. This late die state shows a bisecting crack on the reverse from the U in UNITED, through the eagle's beak, to the E in STATES. Light field chatter slightly subdues semiprooflike mirroring, but no major abrasions are noticed. The left side of the shield and the eagle's left (facing) talons exhibit strike weakness (areas in close proximity to the major reverse die crack).

    On the obverse, bold strike doubling is visible on all relief elements. Dramatic repunching of the date is seen for all 1803 varieties, of which BD-2 is the rarest, with only 40 to 50 pieces known. Uncirculated examples, such as this eye-appealing piece, are in strong demand among early gold collectors, drawn to the semiprooflike fields and minimally marked, well-preserved surfaces. Overdate specialists are sure to compete for this splendid 1803/2 as well. (Variety PCGS# 504949, Base PCGS# 8084)

    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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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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