Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 48

Lot 1253

1809/8 $5 Capped Draped Bust. NGC graded MS-64. In NGC holder 20307844-008. The only die combination this year. A needle sharp strike with all the stars, hair and feather detail fully defined. A beautiful frosty mint specimen exhibiting lovely rich golden toning. Within the elusive Capped Head Left series of half eagles of this type, the 1809 is normally grouped with the more "available" issues such as the 1810, 1811, and 1812. Common is a relative term, however, and somewhat misleading when it comes to a full-fledged Mint State 64 specimen like the one offered. This wonderfully preserved specimen exceeds the normal requirements for the grade on several levels. Both sides exhibit a rich, frosted brilliance under a delightful layer of reddish orange patina. All of the obverse stars are fully defined and those make a good show of their centrals. The 13th star has a chip out of the outermost point (as on all 1809's seen). One of just a handful of Choice Uncirculated 1809 half eagles we have offered over the years and handily beating out most competitors in its grade for its visual impact. Only 33,875 struck. Pop 32; 10 finer in 65. (PCGS # 8104) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 45,000.


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