1805 Draped Bust Half Eagle NGC MS64

Flashy, Choice Uncirculated

Prior to the publication of Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties in 2006, there was considerable confusion surrounding the half eagle die varieties of 1805 and 1806. Some coins were routinely offered as “new varieties” because they didn’t match anything in Walter Breen’s 1960s-era monograph. One later author described seven 1805 half eagle varieties, and noted that five of those seven were unlisted in Breen. Finally, using the observations of Harry Bass, Dannreuther correctly published the five known varieties in his 2006 reference, creating order out of chaos. When viewed in hand, this coin is lighter and far more lustrous and flashier than seen in in our images. The NGC population is just 16 with 4 higher.

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1806 Round 6, 7X6 Stars Draped Bust Half Eagle PCGS MS64

The 1806 mintage was large by early gold standards — 64,093 pieces were produced, with six varieties. Although five of the varieties are the Pointed 6 half eagles, combined they represent as little as 25% of the total production. The lion’s share goes to the BD-6 Round Top 6 variant such as this coin, with an estimated 35,000 to 50,000 pieces produced. It is far and away the favorite candidate for type collectors and date collectors seeking just a single example of the year. Only 8 have been graded higher by PCGS, 5 of which are MS64+ representatives.

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1803/2 Draped Bust Half Eagle PCGS MS63

Is 3 Better Than 2?

After producing normally dated half eagles in 1800, the Mint produced no 1801-dated half eagles, yet the half eagles of 1802 are all 1802/1 overdates. Similarly, although there are no normally dated (non- overdates ) 1802 half eagles, the half eagles of 1803 all are 1803/2 overdates. The PCGS population is 22 with 20 higher. This is a pleasing representative.

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1801 Draped Bust Eagle PCGS XF40

She’s Extra Fine

This, the 1801 BD-2 die marriage is well known as the single most plentiful early eagle variety, with examples readily available in all grades through Choice Mint State. As such, it is the first choice of type collectors who desire a single representative of the Heraldic Eagle type, and it is also the first choice of date collectors who seek a single example of the 1801 ten.  In hand, the coin is brighter than it appears in our images.

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1796 Draped Bust Quarter NGC XF45

Rare, First and Only Year of Type

The Small Eagle quarter ranks among the rarest silver types. It was struck only in 1796, due to the preference of bullion depositors for the dollar, the largest silver denomination. The mintage was a meager 6,146 pieces. The Spanish Colonial two reales coins were also widely available in the late 18th century and the first half of the 19th century in America and elsewhere, worth 25 American cents and widely accepted as an alternative to the U.S. quarter. The fledgling U.S. Mint, with its limited bullion deposits and meager capacity, could scarcely compete with the pervasive Spanish Colonial coins. NGC has graded only 195 examples (including re-submissions) in all grades combined. 

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1799 Draped Bust Eagle PCGS MS63

Gorgeous for her Age

Large Stars Obverse variety. The early Philadelphia Mint was concerned about the numbers of coins struck and the serviceability of the dies required for their production, and not at all about the particular date those dies bore (or in some extreme cases, even the design). While the first few eagle emissions, from the 1795 Small Eagle through the 1798 Large Eagle, are each known from at least one to at most five die marriages per year, the 1799 eagle, all struck with the Large Eagle or Heraldic Eagle reverse, were produced in 10 different die pairings known to collectors today.

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1807 Bust Right Half Eagle PCGS MS62

This Bust is Right

Always important as final-year type in the transitional year when Robert Scot’s design was retired and John Reich’s Capped Bust Left design was introduced, the conditionally rare Bust Right half eagles are always appealing to type and series collectors. This example exhibits plenty of mint frost and in hand, is a bit lighter and brighter than seen in our images. Listed at $18,800 in the CDN CPG, $19,500 in the PCGS price guide and $20,000 in Trends.

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1796 Draped Bust Dime NGC MS65

Attractive Gem, First Year

Extremely well struck and (while not apparent in our images) attractively toned in shades of violet, turquoise and mint-green. The 1796 Draped Bust, Small Eagle dime is always in demand from type collectors and series specialists, alike. Aside from its status as the first year of the denomination, it garners special attention as the first year of a two-year design type, since the Small Eagle reverse was retired after 1797. NGC population of only 8 with 10 (including one PL) graded higher. Listed at $115,000 in the CDN CPG, $125,000 in the NGC price guide and $80,000 in Trends.

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Very Rare! 1797 Draped Bust Half Dollar PCGS XF40

The two-year Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar design type, bearing the date 1796 or 1797, is one of the three keys to completing a collection of early U.S. type coins (the others are the 1796 No Stars and 1808 quarter eagles). The scant mintage of 3,918 pieces and survival of about 300 examples affirm the key status of the 1796-1797 half. Both dates are necessary to complete a date collection of early half dollars, and no type collection can be considered complete without the presence of a Draped Bust, Small Eagle half. It is a major challenge to locate an original specimen in any grade. The PCGS population stands at just 2 with 18 higher. Listed at $145,000 in the PCGS price guide.

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Rare Mint State 1799 Large Stars Draped Bust Eagle NGC MS61

The Draped Bust Eagles eagles are a special case, the shortest denomination and the largest early U.S. gold, made only from 1795 through 1804 (one variety was struck in 1834-35), although no 1802-dated examples were produced. Like the quarter eagles, they were struck in relatively small quantities. A date set of early eagles consists of only nine coins, although a variety set — not for the faint of heart — would include 33 die marriages, some extremely rare. This one is lighter and brighter than it appears in our images. Listed at $31,500 in the CDN CPG and $37,500 in the NGC price guide. Unlisted in Trends in this grade but they do list it at $32,500 in MS60.

Offered at $28,000

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