Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 5

Lot 1311

1820 Mint State Half Eagle. NGC graded MS-61. A classic rarity in this grade! Full frosty luster on both sides, and well struck by the dies. Identifiable by a dull scrape on the inside of the last two stars, and currently in NGC holder #576194-002. These early half eagles are truly the aristocrats of American numismatics. Rarities abound, and several dates are represented by only a few coins. Others are rare as die variety combinations. As clearly illustrated in this sale, obtaining any of these rare coins is a challenge for even the advanced numismatist. Highly coveted for years, many of the existing pieces were found to be damaged, frequently with initials by the person who may have plucked them from circulation 180 years ago. As seen in this collection, some of the coins have been repaired to remove initials or other minor damage from circulation. Of the rest, virtually all were melted, as even when these were struck, they were worth more as gold bullion than the face value of $5. To find an example in mint state is a true challenge, and we are proud to offer this unmolested mint-fresh 1820 for the numismatic collectors of today's more knowledgeable market. Another opportunity.


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