Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 5

Lot 1321

1842 $5 Liberty. Large letters. NGC graded AU-50. An important rarity among early-date Coronet half eagles, and especially attractive due to its only light bagmarking. This delightful coin glows with a bright yellow luster, having a hint of that highly valued "green" hue to it. The rims are unusually free from blemish. The strike, too, is remarkable: each star shows full radial definition, the date and all legends are crisp, and the eagle is sharply defined everywhere, even down to the claws and the often-missing right leg. Akers notes that VF is the normal state, when this piece is found at all. He labeled it "extremely rare." A few have been given slightly higher numbers (no Uncirculateds reported by NGC), but they can't possess much more eye appeal than this coin. e current NGC Population Report shows only a single coin graded AU 50, two as AU 55, and two more as AU 58. In a word, despite its numerous small abrasions (proving it was actually used, at least in bank-to-bank transactions), this coin is a sparkling example of one of the truly elusive varieties among early half eagles.

Realized $1,725

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