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Lot 1899

1799 $5 Capped Bust. Large star reverse. NGC graded MS-61 Breen-4H, M-39, R-6+. Well struck with rich golden toning. A boldly original gold-surfaced coin whose high-end depth of "antique" finish in the surface and color complements the equally original mint bloom. Only a few scattered marks indicated by the MS61 grade. And where an ineffectual imprint is time and again left by the rebound of the dies that struck this year's half eagles, the other extreme is in fact the case here: devices show almost crystal clarity and abnormally fine detail in the centers, with the merest hint of soft detail on some of the shield stripes and left border. Bidders be cautioned, you may face stiff competition with this great rarity. Pop 7; 3 finer; 1 in 62; 2 in 63.

Diagnostics for the Breen-4H variety: Large reverse stars, similar in size to those of number 3F. Die State: The obverse has a vertical die crack through L and the bust, to the digit 7 and border.
Estimated Value $18,000 - 21,000.

Realized $25,300

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