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    1804 Half Eagle in Copper
    Judd-31a, MS63 Brown
    Only Three Pieces Known

    1804 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-31a, Pollock-6090, R.8, MS63 Brown PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular design of the Draped Bust half eagle struck from 1798 to 1807. The obverse appears to be the die of the 1804 BD-4 half eagle and the reverse appears to be the die of the 1804 BD-7 half eagle. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

    Privately struck from mis-matched dies that the Mint apparently sold as scrap, possibly in the 1830s. It is thought that the dies were recovered by Joseph Mickley and that he, or possibly Montroville Dickeson, produced these privately made pieces sometime in the 1860s. They are closely related to the well-known 1804 large cent "restrikes" and other similar items. According to, examples are known in silver with a plain or reeded edge, and in copper, also with a plain or reeded edge. This Judd-31a variety appears to be the most populous of the different variants, still with just three examples known to exist. The surfaces are evenly mellowed and exhibit even, light brown patina with a faint glimmer of original red still faintly seen beneath.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11081)

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2021
    18th-22nd Wednesday-Sunday
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