||1804 $5 Small 8 Over Large 8 AU53 NGC. BD-6, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/b. The Mint engraver initially used a Large 8 punch originally intended for the ten dollar coins and subsequently corrected the mistake by overpunching a Small 8, resulting in this dramatic variety. Dannreuther (2006) says that approximately 2,000 to 3,000 coins from the 30,475-coin mintage were struck with this die marriage and that 35 to 45 examples are known. The surfaces feature wonderfully original orange and reddish-gold color with violet accents and glimpses of remaining mint luster within the protected regions. Slight rubbing occurs over the sharply struck devices, and adjustment marks appear on the right obverse rim. An excess metal fragment is struck into the bottom of the T in LIBERTY. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $8812.50. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.