1803/2 $5 BD-1 Imperfect T (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust $5 1795-1807

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

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PCGS #:
504948
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N/A
Edge:
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Mintage:
33,506
Mint:
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Metal:
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3502, $126,500

2 MS63 estimated grade

Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions 8/1991:393, not sold

3 MS62+ PCGS grade MS62+ PCGS grade

American Independence Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4476, $15,862.50

4 MS62 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4506, $18,212.50 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1813, $14,100

4 MS62 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 2/2007:2246, $18,975

#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3502, $126,500

#2 MS63 estimated grade

Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions 8/1991:393, not sold

MS62+ PCGS grade #3 MS62+ PCGS grade

American Independence Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4476, $15,862.50

#4 MS62 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#4 MS62 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4506, $18,212.50 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1813, $14,100

#4 MS62 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 2/2007:2246, $18,975

Ron Guth:

All 1803 Half Eagles are overdates, created by punching a 3 over the 2 on two different 1802 dies. One obverse has a missing right foot on the T of LIBERTY and was used on varieties BD-1, BD-2, and BD-3. The other obverse has a perfect T and was used only on variety BD-4. As if the BD-1 variety is not interesting enough, it shares a reverse with 1802/1 BD-7, some of which were struck AFTER the 1803/2 BD-1.

The 1803/2 BD-1 is fairly plentiful; Dannreuther called it Rarity 4 (150-200 known), which seems reasonable. We know of at least ten Mint State examples, ranging in grade from NGC MS61 to PCGS MS65. The finest example of which we are aware is a PCGS MS65 from a 2007 Heritage sale. Virtually every example we have seen shows a soft strike on the bundle of arrows on the reverse; others show a very weak shield. A notable exception is the PCGS AU53 illustrated above, which shows both a strong strike and a terminal rim cud over the UN of UNITED. Adjustment marks are also an occasional problem.

Regency XIX Preview | Legend Rare Coin Auctions | December 15, 2016

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