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    1878 Half Eagle, MS65
    Just Two Examples Certified Finer

    1878 $5 MS65 PCGS. A frosty and brilliant example, among the finest certified and rare as such. The design features are boldly and deeply defined including the obverse stars, all of which show their radials. The eagle's plumage and claw details are also sharp. Despite a fairly generous mintage of 131,740 pieces, David Akers, a pioneer in the study of 19th-century gold rarities, writes that the 1878 is "moderately scarce in strictly Uncirculated condition" and that "Gems . . . are seldom seen." This testimony is borne out by the population data for the issue, which shows that MS65 examples rank as important condition rarities. Population: 4 in 65, 2 finer (11/15).(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 25X4, PCGS# 8345)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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