Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 5

Lot 1307

1818 $5 Capped Head. 5D over 50. Sharpness of AU-50 but cleaned and repaired. The obverse has been carefully buffed down in the fields and on Liberty's cheek and neck, and the rims have been repaired with the reeding missing below the date and to the right. Not visible without a strong glass, to the unaided eye the coin appears normal. Always popular with collectors, this blundered reverse die was first published in the H. P. Smith sale in 1906. Since that time only handful have been found, and this still remains a rarity 6 item. Lightly cleaned and free of other detractions. One that should be inspected, as it is better than we make it sound and should still bring a reasonable price. Two were offered in the recent Harry Bass Sale, and we have been unable to trace the provenance of this example.

Realized $3,738

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