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    1825/4/1 Five Dollar, AU Details, Net VF30
    BD-1; Rare, Intriguing Overdated Issue

    1825/1 $5 -- Repaired, Whizzed -- ANACS. AU Details, Net VF30. BD-1, R.5+. One of the most discussed rarities of the American gold series, this overdated 1825 half eagle is indisputably rare and undeniably intriguing. Variously known as the 1825/1 or the 1825, 5 Over Partial 4 -- or most recently, the 1825/4/1 issue -- this is the BD-1 variety as described in the Bass-Dannreuther reference.

    In total, there are three Bass-Dannreuther varieties of the 1825 date: the BD-1, with 20 to 25 pieces known, the BD-2 (1825, 5 Over 4, of which just two pieces are known) and the BD-3, which is the most recent discovery with just one piece known to date. BD-1 and BD-2 share a common reverse die. BD-3 shares the BD-1 obverse with a different reverse die.

    The current 1825/4/1 date descriptor is the result of research by Saul Teichman, who explained how the original die was a leftover 1821 obverse that was overdated in 1824 but not used in that year. The die was overdated again in 1825 (with the 4 partially effaced), resulting in 1825/4/1 obverse used to strike the BD-1 variety.

    This BD-1 example shows suspected repair and smoothing near star 11 and perhaps beneath Liberty's chin, although the full extent of repair is unknown. A light whizzing of the obverse brightens the olive-green surface. The reverse appears less disturbed, with natural olive-gold toning and red-gold accents. Despite the problems, the coin retains considerable eye appeal and bold detail.
    From The Collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# BFY6, PCGS# 8133)

    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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