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Lot 1494

1809/8 $5 Capped Draped Bust. NGC graded MS-63+. Well struck, frosty, and untoned. Pop 1; 34 finer, 23 in 64, 2 in 64+, 9 in 65. A half eagle that has choice characteristics throughout: extremely sharp strike, vibrant greenish golden luster with attractive MS63-or-higher quality surfaces, undisturbed planchet, and superior eye appeal. Of course, the overdate feature adds interest as well. It is something to contemplate the bold striking and eye appeal that characterize this 200+ year old coin! This provides a great opportunity.

The Breen 1-A overdate is the only die variety known for this year. This crisp specimen shows a single set of clash marks on the reverse, which is a leftover die from 1808. Nowhere near as common in Mint State grades as the population figures might suggest. The design comprises John Reich's familiar design: Capped Bust to left, style of 1807-1812. Motif somewhat similar to that used on the contemporary half dollar. Reverse with perched eagle, inscriptions, motto and denomination. Small chip out of one point on the 13th star (the one next to the 9 in the date), and believed to be a hidden "signature" of the die maker, Reich (PCGS # 8104) .
Estimated Value $23,000 - 25,000.

Realized $27,600

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