1800 Half Eagle (BD-4, R-4) PCGS
AU58 CAC. A variety easily identified by the terminal
state of the reverse die. Only one variety is known
that was made using this reverse die, which developed
die cracks and later two cuds near the periphery.
The obverse die was used the strike
the majority of 1800 half eagles, and is easily identified
by the missing serif of the 1 in the date. The dies
clashed several times during its usage, and several
clash marks are seen on the present coin.
The reverse die is the last time
it was used, and the terminal die state of the die.
A cud has developed over NIT in UNITED, and a second
cud can be seen developing over the first T in STATES.
The M in AMERICA is strongly repunched, still evident
on the present coin. Some consider this to be a large
over small M, although this theory is still disputed.
Stickered by CAC for exceptional
quality, we can absolutely agree with this. Fully
struck with lustrous surfaces, only the slightest
luster breaks on the highest points keep this coin
out of a mint state holder. Presumably in several
old-time collections, it can be assumed that this
friction comes from handling by collectors, and not
from actual circulation. A rare opportunity to acquire
a premium quality, over 200 year old gold coin!