1842 Large Letters $5.00 NGC AU53

Large Letters variety. You can make a strong arguement that the 1842 Large Letters is the single rarest Philadelphia half eagle until the low production issues of 1863-1865. There are probably fewer than fifty known in all grades and most are in the EF40 to AU50 range. I know of exactly two in Uncirculated (an MS63 and an MS64, both graded by PCGS) and my best estimate is that issue is a Low R-7 in AU grades with fewer than a dozen known. In spite of this, the 1842 Large Letters is a readily affordable coin. This example, which is only the second I've offered for sale in over four years, has decent eye appeal with light to medium greenish-gold color accentuated by some reddish flashes in the protected areas. There are scattered ticks in the fields that limit the grade but good overall detail. If you are a collector who appreciates true rarity but you don't have an unlimited budget, you have to love a coin as scarce as this that is priced at under $4,000!