1805 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-38, Pollock-6090, R.8,Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1805 White Metal Half Eagle
1805 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-38, Pollock-6090, R.8, MS64
PCGS. 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
USPatterns.com reports one example in silver and two in copper.
Judd-38, Private 'Restrike,' MS64
Unique in this Composition
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)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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