1810 Capped Bust half eagle one rare coin among many to be offered by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore
By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..
This week’s featured highlight from our official June 2017 Baltimore Expo Auction is an extreme rarity from the Capped Bust half eagle series that has been called “the rarity of this type!” by specialist John Dannreuther. The 1810 Large Date, Small 5 half eagle is a product of one of the most elusive die marriages from the early U.S. Mint, and any example is among a small but prestigious group. The fabled Class I 1804 dollar is much more common in comparison, and the famous 1913 Liberty Head nickels outnumber it by one piece.
Assigned a Rarity-7+ rating, just four coins are confirmed to exist including the present offering. Harry W. Bass, Jr. owned two of the four, including the finest that grades About Uncirculated and is part of the Core Collection on long-term loan to the American Numismatic Association. The third piece was recently offered as part of the legendary Pogue Collection, a VF-25 (PCGS) example that realized $56,400 in our February 2016 sale.
Just three collectors have ever assembled a complete set of 1810 half eagles by variety, including Bass, Pogue, and George Gozan, whose set was purchased by Bass intact in lot 923 of Paramount’s Auction ’80. With one of the Bass coins effectively off the market for the foreseeable future, there have been, up until now, only two examples of the 1810 Large Date, Small 5 half eagle available to gold enthusiasts. The present newly discovered piece offers the opportunity for an additional numismatist to add his or her name to an exclusive roster of collectors.
The surfaces are uniformly glossy and smooth, evidently from time spent mounted as jewelry. Though the fine intricacies have been lost to wear, the overall definition is pleasantly bold. Predominantly medium yellow color supports richer honey-gold patina surrounding the devices in select areas. The overall visual impact is attractive, especially in light of the numismatic significance offered by this Rarity-7+ half eagle.
This incredible 1810 Large Date, Small 5 half eagle will be featured in our June 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, an event that will also include the Blue Moon Collection, Part II. To consign your collection to this exciting showcase event, please contact our offices today at 1-800-458-4646 to speak with a Consignment Director and see what Stack’s Bowers Galleries can do for you.