1810 Large Date $5.00 PCGS AU58 CAC

BD-4, Rarity-2. Large Date, Large 5.. If I had to pick a "sweet spot" for early half eagles (or maybe even for all early gold) it would have to be the AU58 grade. Early gold that is properly graded in AU58 holders can have really nice eye appeal yet it is priced at an amount that is often significantly less than coins in MS60/MS61 holders. Let's look at this 1810 half eagle which is a perfect example. It shows no real signs of having circulated; just what used to be referred to as "cabinet friction" on the high spots. The color is lovely with rich green-gold centers framed by fiery natural reddish-gold at the borders; the reverse has a deeper overall hue than the obverse. Both sides are free of detracting marks and a good deal of luster remains. The last nice PCGS AU58 example of this date to sell at auction was Spink/Smythe 5/11: 11 that brought $12,075. If you need a nice example of the Capped Head Left half eagle type or you collect these by date, this coin will look great in your set!