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    1804 BD-7 Half Eagle, MS63
    Small Over Large 8, Guide Book Variety

    1804 $5 Small Over Large 8, BD-7, R.4, MS63 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/c. BD-7 is the most collectible of the three 1804 Small Over Large 8 half eagles (the variety is better described as Normal 8 over Large 8). The upright of the E in STATES is over the space between two clouds. The obverse is heavily clashed, and the reverse shows a crack from the eagle's left (facing) wing through the ribbon to the D in UNITED. Dannreuther estimates 100 to 150 pieces extant, but only a small handful compare to this Select offering.

    Lightly frosted olive-gold surfaces are inarguably natural. The devices show a strong overall impression with a few areas of localized softness. Heavy as-made adjustment marks occur above MERIC. Q. David Bowers wrote in 2011 that this coin "exemplifies high quality and nice eye appeal." We wholeheartedly agree. Population (all Small Over Large 8 varieties): 4 in 63, 1 finer. CAC: 4 in 63, 1 finer (4/19).
    Ex: The Benson Collection, Part III (Goldberg Auctions, 2/2003), lot 1998, unsold; Brandywine Collection / Baltimore Auction (Stack's Bowers, 11/2011), lot 9449.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519897, Base PCGS# 8086)

    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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