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Lot 1495

1810. Large Date, Large 5. . Breen-6459. PCGS graded MS-64. Frosty and lightly toned. Advanced numismatists the world over are familiar with the rare United States early gold pieces. Many have tackled the Capped Bust Left half eagle series, which was struck from 1807 and 1812 inclusive. The series is collectible by date, unlike other early gold series in which there are costly stoppers. The 1810 Large Date, Large 5 as an affordable coin.

Among the specimens either set aside or by miracle having survived the vicissitudes of more than two centuries, many were subjected to jewelry use, others were cleaned or otherwise mishandled by the misinformed public. Compared to post-1834 half eagle types, few exist with clean surfaces and unbroken frosty luster. Most Mint State 1810 half eagles lack highpoint friction, but the open fields are more subdued than the devices and borders.

This coins unabashed original luster sets the present MS64 apart from a typical Uncirculated Capped Bust Left half eagle. As one would expect from the grade, marks are few and well dispersed, limited to a few delicate field grazes such as the small on Libertys bust and a few in out of the way places around the eagle. The strike is fairly good, with only slight softness present on the neck feathers and left side wing where it joins the shield. The determined collector who has waited patiently to acquire a full-fledged Mint State example should take advantage of the present coin. Pop 33; 3 finer, 2 in 65, 1 in 66 (PCGS # 8108) .
Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000.

Realized $31,050

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