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Lot 1496

1811. Tall 5 PCGS graded Genuine AU Details. Altered surfaces. Still a nice looking early $5 Gold. For the type set enthusiast this will be a special acquisition. John Reich, a German immigrant, did contract work for the Mint in the early 19th century, and in 1807 was signed as an assistant on the staff. He worked for a decade under Chief Engraver Robert Scot, creating new motifs including the Capped Bust motif as here and also what used to be called the Turban Head, but which is now called the Classic Head cent of 1808 (a motif picked up for the half cent of 1809 and, years later, copied for use on the quarter eagle and half eagle of 1834).

Reich was a talented engraver, with some of his best art appearing on medals of the era. Although he was not the chief engraver, today Reich is far better remembered than his boss, Scot, with the John Reich Collectors Society bearing his name (PCGS # 8110) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.


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