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Lot 3812

1842-D $5 Liberty. Large date. NGC graded AU-58. Lightly toned amd well struck. Light to moderate marks on both sides. Scarce variety, the large date. Pop 3; 1 in 61. An very lustrous if well abraded specimen, something of a benchmark for the few other examples that share this lofty grade in terms of its sharp detail. While the strike is bold and crisp, it is not quite full but the only weak area seems to be the arrow feather above the eagle's talon. Clearly, this coin is above-average in all its components.

You had to have a rugged constitution to live in, and drive around on the roads of America back in 1842. Charles Dickens, the famous English author, visited America and traveled to Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio the year this half eagle was minted, where he encountered "corduroy roads" which he described as being constructed by "… throwing trunks of trees into a marsh and leaving them to settle…." (PCGS # 8211) .
Estimated Value $18,000 - 20,000.

Realized $17,825

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