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Lot 2843

1802/1 $5 Capped Bust. NGC graded MS-62. A nicely struck example with light golden toning. This is a very well defined example for the series with appreciable detail over the peripheries and central devices and the striking appearance of its 2 over 1 overdate. Any grade-defining abrasions are small and not in the least distracting. The coin is devoid of adjustment marks. Say what you will, collectors prefer early gold pieces to be this way. The 1802 is one of the more readily obtainable early Half Eagles in mint condition, but the high attrition rate due to melting precludes a large extant population. A lovely, frosty coin that would make a pleasing addition to even the most advanced collection. Pop 18; 27 finer, 13 in 63, 13 in 64, 1 in 65 (PCGS # 8083) .

Historic note: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (June 2, 1731 May 22, 1802) was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although the title was not coined until after her death (the year of this Half Eagle, 1802), Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. During her lifetime, she was known simply as "Lady Washington". George Washington passed away in 1799.
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.

Realized $17,250

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