Rare and Intriguing 1804 Half Eagle Struck in SilverJudd-30, Pollock-6080Private Restrike from U.S. Mint Dies1804 Pattern Capped Bust Right Half Eagle. Private Restrike. Judd-30, Pollock-6080. Rarity-8. Silver. Plain Edge. MS-64 (PCGS).25.1 mm. 108.0 grains. A private restrike from heavily rusted dies, probably produced circa 1860. Attractively toned in a bold blend of olive-gold, rose-russet and cobalt blue. Within the context of a being a restrike from rusty dies, the detail is sharp and the eye appeal is strong. The obverse is the same that the Mint used to produce half eagles of the rare 1804 BD-4 variety, the digit 8 in the date repunched and the typically seen bisecting crack from the border after the date to the letter L in LIBERTY pronounced. Additional cracks are present from the border outside star 5 joining the bisecting crack within Liberty's portrait, and from the bisecting crack through Liberty's neck into the field before the chin.This intriguing and rare coin was produced under circumstances very similar to the large cent restrike bearing the same date. Most likely produced in the 1860s, during a period when several different restrikes were created, including the 1804, 1810 and 1823 cent restrikes, and the 1811 half cent restrike.There are no only two or three specimens of this restrike half eagle variety known, the provenance of the present specimen given below, although we add the comment that at one time it may also have been owned by H.O. Granberg, the well known collector and dealer of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who handled many rarities, particularly in the decade 1910 to 1920. The website uspatterns.com states that this coin might also be the specimen that appeared as lot 1494 in Kagin's sale of November 1964. The same source notes that Waldo C. Newcomer owned an example of this variety, but whether that is the same coin as offered here or a different specimen is unknown. Another possible second or third specimen is the coin that appeared as lot 1607 in our (Stack's) April 1966 sale of the Dr. Conway A. Bolt Collection, where it was cataloged as "Extremely Fine, stained."This is an important companion piece to the regular issue 1804 BD-4 half eagle in NGC AU-58 that we are also offering in this sale. That variety is also a significant rarity with only four to eight specimens believed extant. Obviously of interest to early gold variety specialists, this specimen will also appeal to collectors of patterns, restrikes and unusual items.Provenance: Ex Virgil Brand; New Netherlands' 41st Sale, September 1953, lot 420; Paramount's Davis Sale, February 1975, lot 550; Paramount's Burnheimer Sale, May 1976, lot 1193; Superior's Crouch Sale, June 1977, lot 598; New England Rare Coin Auction's ANA Sale of July 1979, lot 1276; our (Bowers and Merena's) sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part I, May 1999, lot 1349. The plate coin for the type in the Pollock reference on pattern and related coinage.PCGS# 507340.Click here for certification details from PCGS.