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Lot 3279

1806 $5 Capped Bust. Round 6. PCGS graded MS-63. BD-6. Mostly untoned with a better than average strike. A very attractive looking coin. A problem-free coin, as anyone can see by the photographs. Magnification reveals luster racing over the surface, vivid and bright gold in appearance. What's more, the fields acquit themselves nicely in terms of the fewness of marks on this frosty specimen. The only weak areas in the strike seem to be the stars (per usual) and a portion of the shield where it overlaps the left wing. The Round Top 6 variety is the overwhelming favorite piece if one were to own just a single gold half eagle from this period. It displays the handsome Heraldic Eagle reverse and is affordable in all grade ranges. According to the Bass-Dannreuther guide to die varieties, "There are numerous clues to prove this variety was the last produced [in 1806]… As with the 1806 half dollars, the Pointed 6 half eagle varieties had the obverse die in the hammer and the reverse die in the anvil position. For the Knobbed 6 half dollar issues and this half eagle variety this die alignment was reversed, resulting in better-struck obverses." (PCGS # 8089) .
Estimated Value $22,000 - 24,000.

Realized $31,050

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