||1808 $5 AU58 NGC. CAC. BD-3, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/e. Original olive-gold patina shows a few orange accents surrounding the devices of this well-detailed, near-Mint five dollar coin. A nearly complete outline of the Capped Bust design is clashed on the reverse, Liberty's head at the eagle's feet, with the obverse also showing evidence of die clashing above the date and in the left and right fields. A conservative mintage of 55,578 pieces was struck in 1808, a time when demand for gold coins was sparse. Quarter eagles ceased production after 1808 and ten dollar gold pieces had not been produced singe 1804. Half eagles continued to be struck with varying mintages. This example is an attractive early-date survivor. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $11750.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.