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    1810 BD-2 Five Dollar, MS62
    Small Date, Small 5 Rarity
    Second Finest Known, Ex: Pogue

    1810 $5 Small Date, Small 5, BD-2, R.6, MS62 PCGS. CAC. Ex: D. Brent Pogue Collection. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a+. This famously rare variety is identified by the small numerals in the date -- as used on the half eagles of 1807 to 1809 -- and the Small 5 in the denomination. BD-2 ranks second rarest among the four 1810 die marriages after the BD-3 Large Date, Small 5.

    This Small Date obverse was previously employed in the production of an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 BD-1 half eagles, but it failed after striking another 2,000 to 4,000 BD-2 coins. This example survives in an intermediate die state with a crack through the date that travels left to the bust and right to Star 13. However, it does not yet show the bisecting crack up through the portrait, which forms in a later state (b/b). The reverse is also in an advanced state with cracks through the lower reverse, but it held on long enough to produce another 500 to 1,000 BD-3 representatives before failing. John Dannreuther estimated in 2006 that 25 to 35 BD-2 half eagles survive, a slightly higher population than has been suggested in the past. Nevertheless, this remains a prized rarity in the Draped Bust Left half eagle short set, with examples lacking from such notable collections as those formed by Garrett, Eliasberg, Norweb, and Pittman.

    The present example, formerly part of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, ranked first atop the Condition Census in its last appearance. According to PCGS, an MS63 has since taken its place. However, when trying to contextualize a great rarity such as this, the jockeying that occurs between an MS62 and an MS63 for top spot on the Condition Census can be subjective. This remains one of the two finest examples endorsed by CAC. Deep yellow-gold surfaces exhibit considerable field reflectivity, and splashes of copper-orange color accent the border areas. Central design detail is strong on each side, with minor softness relegated to the stars. Faint adjustment marks appear at the upper obverse, and small ticks peppered throughout are all undistracting. The only flaw of note is a linear mark under UN in UNITED.

    Roster of 1810 Small Date, Small 5, BD-2 Half Eagles
    1. MS63 PCGS.
    2. MS62 PCGS. David McCarthy, April 2004; Larry Hanks, December 2004; D. Brent Pogue Collection (Stack's Bowers, 2/2016), lot 3138, realized $99,875; the present coin.
    3 MS62 NGC. Husky Collection (Stack's, 6/2008), lot 2077, realized $138,000; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4861, realized $132,250.
    4. AU58 PCGS, CAC. FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 4665, realized $109,250.
    5. AU58 NGC. FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 2175; San Francisco Signature (Heritage, 7/2005), lot 10345.
    6. AU58 NGC. 70th Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/2005), lot 1229.
    7. AU55 PCGS. Possibly J. Colvin Randall; Randall Collection, Part I (W. Elliot Woodward, 6/1885), lot 914; George Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 2374; William H. Woodin, exhibited at the 1914 ANS Exhibition; Waldo Newcomer; "Colonel" E.H.R. Green, circa 1932, via B. Max Mehl; King Farouk, via Stack's, circa 1943; Palace Collections of Egypt (Sotheby's, 2/1954), lot 232; Auction '88 (David Akers, 7/1988), lot 900; Diocese of Buffalo (Heritage, 6/1997), lot 6399; J.A. Sherman Collection (Stack's, 8/2007), lot 3215.
    8. AU50 NGC. Possibly purchased by James A. Stack in the 1940s; James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1995), lot 465; Hutchinson Collection (Heritage, 1/2017), lot 5865; York Collection (Stack's Bowers, 8/2018), lot 1266.
    9. AU50 NGC. Discovered in the Midwest, circa 1993; Harold Rothenberger Collection (Superior, 1/1994), lot 2408; Dr. Jon Kardatzke Collection, Part II (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 6/2000), lot 1303.
    10. XF45 PCGS. Possibly Grant Pierce Collection (Stack's, 5/1965), lot 1303; R.L. Miles Collection (Stack's, 10/1968), lot 347; Mike Brownlee; Purchased by Harry W. Bass, Jr. on August 2, 1994; Bass Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 795; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2002), lot 6777.
    11. AU uncertified. Charles Gozan; Auction '80 (Paramount, 8/1980), lot 923, as part of a complete four-piece set of 1810 half eagle die varieties; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; Harry Bass Foundation.
    12. AU55, cleaned and buffed, uncertified. Possibly Dr. Charles W. Green Collection (B. Max Mehl, 4/1949), lot 248; Philip G. Straus Collection (Stack's, 5/1959), lot 2406, with letters MIC in the field; Cicero Collection (New Netherlands, 12/1960), lot 110, letters removed; exhibited at RARCOA's table at the 1963 FUN Convention, per Walter Breen; 10th Anniversary Auction (Kreisberg/Schulman, 4/1967), lot 761; Auction '81 (Paramount, 7/1981), lot 1426; R.E. Naftzger FPL (Paramount, 1981), Auction '82 (Paramount, 7/1982), lot 1927; Charles Kramer Collection (Stack's/Superior, 11/1988), lot 310; Diocese of Buffalo (Heritage, 6/1997), lot 5326; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Superior, 2/2000), lot 1082, misattributed as Large Date, Small 5.
    13. AU Details NGC. Diocese of Buffalo Collection (Heritage, 7/1997), lot 5200; New York Connoisseur's Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 3/2006), lot 1584; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5421.
    14. AU Details, PCGS Genuine. Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015), lot 6172; Baltimore Auction (Stack's Bowers, 11/2015), lot 20110.

    Additional Appearances
    A. "Proof." Phineas Adams; Harold P. Newlin; 69th Sale (John W. Haseltine, 6/1883), lot 345.
    B. A specimen in the possession of the Pressman brothers of Cleveland, Ohio, reported by Walter Breen.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 507595, Base PCGS# 8105)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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