Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 84

January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach

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Lot 1924
1798. Large Eagle, Small 8. BD-6, Rarity 6. PCGS graded MS-61. This 1798 half eagle is the BD-6 variety which is identified by the 8 that touches Libertys bust, and the fat 1 in the date. A number of crisscrossing mint-made adjustment marks are noted at the center of the obverse. The reverse shows an irregular cross pattern of stars above the eagle with oddly spaced rows of two. The left foot of the A in AMERICA is near the tip of feather 4. Part of the rarity of this coin is attributed to the early failure of the obverse die. It was used only for this variety while the reverse die was used again in 1799. This new design, the Heraldic Eagle reverse, is identical to the one used on silver coins of 1798 to 1807. It is the only time a United States gold coin used the same obverse or reverse design as a non-gold coin. Early gold half eagles were struck in very small numbers. All of the varieties of 1798 had a total mintage of 24,867 pieces, many of which were melted prior to 1834. The Rarity 6 rating of this variety indicates that just 30 to 40 pieces are known in all grades.

Original mint luster peaks out from within the devices. The strike is about average with pronounced weakness at the centers of each side due, in part, to the filing made at the mint to adjust the weight of the planchet. The surfaces are original and, for the grade, free of individual post-striking marks worthy of description. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 8079) .
Estimated Value $35,000 - 40,000.
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Lot 1925
1804. Small 8 BD-1 Rarity 4+. PCGS graded AU-58. CAC Approved. Well struck on a nice clean planchet with plenty of golden mint luster present, all delicately toned in greenish-golden hues. A lovely coin with nice golden toning. The surfaces on this handsome coin are judged by us to be bright yellow to greenish gold in color, and quite lustrous, highly frosted, dramatically so, with the MS64 grade acting on behalf of its outstanding quality. Circumstances with the bloom off the dies being what it is, sharp-edged devices and lettering throughout add immensely to the coin's beauty. 1804 is noted for its sharp, clear detail, and this coin's strike is right up there among the finest seen. BD-1 has several notable identifiers. First is the "normal 8" in the date (formerly a small 8, but it is the correct 8 punch according to Dannreuther). The top of the 1 is blunt (missing its flag, like 1800. The 4 is small. On the reverse there is a graver line from the left shield point through B in ribbon, through star 12 to the upper beak.

Those collectors who have a taste for sitting back and watching other people bid, so essential to the genre of this field, will do wise to pick up their bid card (or press the correct computer button) and show their willingness to compete for the honor of possessing this 1804 early half eagle! Pop 32; 69 finer (PCGS # 8085) .
Estimated Value $7,000 - 7,500.
Ex: Purchased from Abner Kreisberg in the 1970's The Del Valle Collection.

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