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    1805 Half Eagle, Close Date, BD-1, MS64
    Vibrant Luster, Exceptional Eye Appeal

    1805 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS64 PCGS Secure. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. A faint die crack exists along the top of UNITED. After several years of use, the tired old Blunt 1 in the date was replaced by a Perfect 1 in 1804. It only lasted for two dies in 1804 and a single die in 1805 (used for BD-1 and BD-2) before losing its left foot, and it was perfect no more. While the 1 is perfect on this Choice BD-1 example, other work by the engraver was less than ideal. The obverse stars were entered far away from the dentils, effectively reducing the useful circumference for star placement. While not a problem on the left side stars, the stars on the right are irregularly spaced and overlie both the bust and Y of LIBERTY.

    Likewise, the reverse legend is shoehorned in at OF AMERICA. The foot of F touches the cloud beneath, the left serif if the first A in AMERICA touches wing feathers 3 and 4, while the final A touches the claw. All examples of BD-1 show wide doubling of the eagle on its outer right (facing) wing, branch, claw, and at the bottom of the tail.

    BD-1 and BD-2 represent the Close Date variety, the numerals tightly spaced. The top serif of 1 touches the curl, and the flag of 5 overlaps the drapery. BD-1 is the most available variety among the 1805 die pairs, and offers an excellent opportunity for type collectors. This near-Gem example exudes medium-gold color with lime-green overtones. Flashy mint luster adds to the appeal. The centers are razor-sharp and the coin is free of any adjustment marks. Only slight rounding of the obverse stars prevent a full strike designation. A few light marks are seen with a glass, none of which provide any distraction. The Bass-Dannreuther reference notes a surviving population of 175 to 225 pieces in all grades. Housed in a PCGS Secure holder with CAC endorsement. Population (all 1805 varieties combined): 19 in 64 (1 in 64+), 2 finer. CAC: 4 in 64, 1 finer (10/17).
    Selections from The McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 45615, Base PCGS# 8088)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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