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Lot 2115

1831 $2.50 Capped Head. NGC graded AU-58. Lightly toned with reflective sirfaces. A well preserved example with a wealth of underlying luster still evident on its medium toned surfaces. Nicely struck in all areas with just a touch of incompleteness at the feathers bordering the shield. A lovely coin. There is a small mark at the right end of the E PLURIBUS UNUM scroll. Only 4,540 coins struck. Pop 10; 43 final. (PCGS # 7671) .

President at the time this half eagle was put into circulation was Andrew Jackson. In 1806, Jackson held a duel with Charles Dickinson over some things that Dickinson had said about Jackson's wife. Dickinson got the first shot. He hit Jackson directly in the chest, about two inches from the heart. It is reported that Jackson did not even fall down. Instead, he raised his gun and killed Dickinson. He then walked away. The bullet had lodged too near to the heart to be removed, so he carried it for the remainder of his life. He was president from 1829 to 1837. He died in 1845. It is reasonable to assume from this that Jackson deserved the nickname "Old Hickory."
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.

Realized $13,800

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