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    1813 Half Eagle, BD-1, MS64
    Obtainable First-Year Type Representative
    Few Certified Finer

    1813 $5 BD-1, R.2, MS64 NGC. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. John Reich's modified Capped Bust half eagle, struck from 1813 to 1834, is laden with extreme rarities. Issues of this type experienced the brunt of the hoarding and melting of gold coinage that occurred in the 1820s and early 1830s, with the vast majority of each date apparently destroyed. To collect this series by die variety is a daunting and arguably impossible task, although the type collector will find a few slightly more "plentiful" issues from which to choose and, with the exception of perhaps the 1822, a date set is not out of the question for the patient -- and well-funded -- enthusiast.

    The 1813 is the most plentiful single issue in the series, and really the only one that can be termed available. There are two die varieties known, consisting of a single obverse die paired with two different reverses. Neither is prohibitively rare, although BD-1 will prove to be the more readily obtainable with 450 to 650 examples believed extant. This survival rate is almost out of place in comparison to later issues of this type, of which many are represented by just a few coins each.

    The present BD-1 representative shows frosty green-gold luster, with surfaces that are free of all but a few minor grazes on the high points. The strike is even and bold, with notable sharpness throughout the eagle's plumage and the shield; on the obverse, the stars are crisp and Liberty's hair curls are well-defined. As a date, the 1813 half eagle is conditionally scarce as fine as the MS64 grade level, and finer pieces are extremely rare. Both varieties included, NGC has seen just 17 pieces in this grade, with five Gems numerically finer (2/15).
    From The Big Sky Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 519907, Base PCGS# 8116)

    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
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