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Lot 1268

1830 $5 Capped Head. . Small D. BD-2, Breen-6492. PCGS graded AU-58. Light golden toning with reflective surfaces. Tiny mark by the last star. This lustrous coin boasts lovely light golden surfaces with extensive luster around the main devices and extending out into the field on both sides. Liberty has a choice profile with only a few light coin-to-coin contact blemishes despite her age. Her broad cheek is shows very few circulation marks or scuffs. If one must find fault, there is a small dig in the field, as mentioned, below the hair curl nearest the last star. Similar quality prevails on the reverse, where there are a few light marks in the fields above and below the eagle. Struck with exactitude rarely found on an early Half Eagle, all neck feathers and shield lines show are outlined. The surface color on this coin is outstanding. Pop 2; 12 finer. PCGS has graded only 16 pieces in total. (PCGS # 8152) .

Historic note: The 1830 issue is an important rarity, as are all gold coinage issues from the late 1820s and early 1830s. Large numbers were made at this time, let there be no misunderstanding about it; but since the gold value was greater than the face value of these coins people tended to hoard them. Many (the majority?) of half eagles from this decade were exported and later melted.

Just two die varieties are known for the coinage of 1830, both sharing a common obverse die and having similar looking reverses but for the size of the D in the denomination: large or small.
Estimated Value $40,000 - 45,000.

Realized $37,950

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