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Lot 2241

1800 $5 Capped Bust. . Breen-1B, M-42. PCGS graded MS-63. Nice and frosty and fully lustrous. Struck in natural greenish-color gold. A pleasing and colorful example of this popular issue. This is an otherwise strongly struck example, with nice detail to all the important high points, with the possible exception of these regions (standard for the issue): central hair around Liberty's ear, and another touch of softness, just a touch, at the breast and vertical shield stripes. (The "chief" as it is called, the horizontal lines above the stripes, are nearly complete.) (PCGS # 8082) .

Breen 1-B is a scarcer variety. Mintage of half eagles in 1800 totaled 11,622 coins. Additionally, 26,006 coins were minted in 1801. Some of these were certainly dated 1799; however, the mintage of coins bearing the 1800 date must have been a significant portion of the total. In his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen identified the 1800 mintage as being the total of both figures, or 37,628 coins.
Estimated Value $22,000 - 24,000.

Realized $28,750

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