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    1805 White Metal Half Eagle
    Judd-38, Private 'Restrike,' MS64
    Unique in this Composition

    1805 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-38, Pollock-6090, R.8, MS64 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. The regular design of the Draped Bust half eagle struck from 1798 to 1807. The obverse is that of the 1805 BD-1 and BD-2 half eagles per the Bass-Dannreuther reference. Certain features of the reverse suggest the die of 1807 BD-1 half eagles. Struck in white metal (tin) with a plain edge. This example is the only 1805 half eagle restrike known in white metal, while reports one example in silver and two in copper.

    This privately made piece is closely related to the 1804 Judd-31a offered above, and other similar issues such as the 1804 large cent restrikes. Many years ago, the cataloger studied the 1804 large cent restrikes, including examples called white metal, and determined that they were nearly pure tin. The present piece is almost certainly the same composition.

    Struck from heavily rusted dies consistent with related pieces, this example has rich and lustrous gray surfaces with a few areas of corrosion along the left reverse border. The appearance is similar to other pieces of similar composition. Like the 1804 half eagle restrike, this piece is an important entry for the pattern or early gold collector.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 535182)

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    February, 2021
    23rd-25th Tuesday-Thursday
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