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1804 Copper Half Eagle Private 'Restrike'
1804 $5 Half Eagle, Judd-31a, Pollock-6090, R.8, MS64
Brown PCGS. 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 eagles and the reverse appears to be the
die of the 1804 BD-7 half eagles. Struck in copper with a plain
Judd-31a, MS64 Brown
Only Three Known
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 USPatterns.com, 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.
Struck from heavily rusted and cracked dies, this nicely centered impression exhibits lustrous surfaces with a blend of mahogany, chestnut, and olive-brown. A few trivial marks and spots are consistent with the grade of this important piece that deserves a home in an advanced collection of patterns or early gold coins.
Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11081)
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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