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    1806 Knobbed 6 Half Eagle, BD-6, MS64
    Exceptional Luster and Surfaces

    1806 $5 Knob 6, 7x6 Stars, BD-6, R.2, MS64 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/e, with a rust lump on the R in LIBERTY. If one were inclined to collect a Draped Bust gold variety by die state, the 1806 BD-6 die pairing would be an excellent choice. There are six confirmed die states, and the possibility exists that a seventh, terminal state exists. Moreover, BD-6 is fairly plentiful in the context of early gold pieces (600 to 900 coins believed known), and ranks as the most readily obtainable of the six 1806 half eagle varieties.

    The die marriage is quickly identified by the so-called "Knobbed 6" in the date; this is the only use of this obverse die, which proved quite hardy, striking an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 coins before being retired. By this time the techniques used for hardening dies were being perfected, and terminal breaks or other such damage were occurring with less frequency. This is the second and final use of this reverse, which was previously employed for the very rare BD-5 die pairing.

    As a type or date representative, this Choice Mint State example is among the most eye-appealing choices for the grade. Distinctly frosty, yellow-gold luster rolls over each side, yielding occasional wisps of rose-gold color. Some faint disturbances in the obverse fields limit the grade, but there are no detracting abrasions noted. The extreme central obverse and portions of the reverse shield are not fully defined, but the strike is even with only the faintest remnants of mint-made adjustment marks seen at 3 o'clock on the reverse. A splendid coin of notable quality.
    From The Big Sky Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (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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    April, 2015
    22nd-26th Wednesday-Sunday
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