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    1830 Large 5D, BD-1 Half Eagle
    CAC-Approved MS63
    Rare Early Gold Issue

    1830 $5 Large 5D, BD-1, R.6 MS63 PCGS. CAC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. Two varieties of this date exist and they are as follows:

    BD-1: Large D
    BD-2:
    Small D



    The Large D is the rarer of the two 1830 half eagles with an estimated 25 to 35 pieces known. It is easy to differentiate from its Small D counterpart (BD-2). The obverse of the two varieties is the same. When we cataloged this identical coin in January of 2000, we noted "all extant Large 5D representatives display repunching on the 0 in the date." Since that time, John Dannreuther has determined that all 1830 half eagles are actually overdates, struck from a leftover, unused die of 1829. In a December 29, 2006-dated email, JD noted:

    "All half eagles of 1830 (only one obverse used with two reverse dies) are overdates. Both Bass examples are clear 1830/29's with the curl of the 2 visible in the bottom of the 3 and the 9 clearly visible to both the left of the 0, and the right (the curve of the 9 is very evident on both Bass coins). Kneass (or Eckfeldt, or someone else) did an incredible job of punching the 30 exactly over the 29, making this discovery difficult ... it is just like the Bust dime 1830/29 overdates and was done with extreme care!"



    Unfortunately, this discovery was made after the publication of Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, so the information is not included in the standard series reference.

    Most of the surviving 1830 Large D half eagles show light handling or even some circulation and the BD-1 variety is rare in Uncirculated with no more than six to eight examples known in Uncirculated. In MS63 pieces are very rare, and there are maybe three pieces finer with the best being the lovely PCGS MS66 which sold for $305,500 in Pogue IV, lot 4038, in 2016.

    From a cosmetic perspective, this coin represents exceptional quality for the grade with vivid yellow-gold color contrasted by flashes of deeper reddish-gold around the borders. A few marks that are consistent with the grade are amplified by the reflective finish, and the strike is above-average for the issue.

    This coin is the only PCGS MS63 1830 Large D half eagle that has sold at auction since 2002. In January 2017, Heritage sold a PCGS/CAC MS63 example of the Small D variety for $111,625.

    This is a coin with everything going for it: rarity, beauty and popularity. It will become a cornerstone of an advanced collection of early half eagles or it will be a highly suitable piece for a world-class type set .

    For the date, CAC has approved two MS63 1830 half eagles with three finer (6/20).
    Ex: Hutchinson Collection / FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2000), lot 7524, where it brought $33,925; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2017), lot 4259, where it sold for $123,375; Douglas Winter Numismatics; The McCoy Family Collection.
    From The McCoy Family Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BFYD, Variety PCGS# 519946, Base PCGS# 45294)

    Weight: 8.75 grams

    Metal: 91.67% Gold, 8.33% Copper


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