Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 5

Lot 1302

1808 $5 Capped Draped Bust. Sharpness of Fine-12 but cleaned and repaired. Both sides of this coin have numerous circulation marks, and in fact, this coin may have been sweated. Sweating is the process of putting some gold coins in a bag with other metal objects and shaking them vigorously. The coins were then removed from the bag and spent at full value, and a small amount of gold dust would be recovered from the bag. A hard way to make a living, but that's how it used to be. The obverse rim may have been filed, and the coin was cleaned and generally not cared for in its early life. Nevertheless, the devices are still sharp and this coin would make an inexpensive filler while it retains the type design elements. Certainly a piece that should be inspected by bidders.

Realized $978

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