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    1806 Half Eagle, MS62
    Knob 6, 7x6 Stars, BD-6
    Lustrous Honey-Gold Type Coin

    1806 $5 Knob 6, 7x6 Stars, BD-6, R.2, MS62 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State e/f. This hardy die pair produced an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 of the 64,093 total half eagles in 1806. Identified by the distinctive Knob 6 in the date and 7x6 star arrangement (all other 1806 variants feature a Pointed 6 and 8x5 star pattern), about 600 to 900 pieces are believed extant, making this the most collectible variety for the year and one of the most popular early half eagles for type purposes. The dies were subject to frequent clashing and lapping, resulting in multiple die states. This is either the last or second-to-last state, with a rust lump on the R in LIBERTY and clashing on each side.

    The highest design points show a hint of strike softness, as do the second and third vertical shield bars, but this lustrous MS62 five dollar gold piece is generally well-defined. More impressive are the relatively smooth honey-gold surfaces that deliver lovely eye appeal for the grade. (NGC ID# BFXJ, Variety PCGS# 45620, Base PCGS# 8089)

    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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    December, 2019
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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