David Akers (1975/88): The 1852 is a "common date" by Type I Double Eagle standards. (Of course, the term "common date" is a very relative one and "common" by Type I standards is clearly not the same thing as "common" by Type III standards). Overall, the 1852 is similar in rarity to the 1850, 1851 and 1853 although it is definitely more often obtainable in Unc. than either the 1850 or the 1853. Uncs are very scarce and gem quality specimens are rare. Most 1852 Double Eagles are frosty and fully prooflike pieces are very rare. Very few cataloguers mention the fact, but the 1852 comes with both a thin date and a thick date. On the thin date, the vertical bar of the 5 does not reach the ball ("open" 5) while on the thick date, the vertical bar goes down beyond the top of the ball ("closed" 5). There is little difference in the rarity of these two major varieties and thus no premium is attached to one over the other.
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