1818 $5 Half Eagle NGC MS-64, 5D Over 50, BD-3 R.5. This issue is extremely rare at the near-Gem level, as NGC has certified only the present coin in MS64, with none finer; while PCGS has graded no examples at the near-Gem level, with two finer. The coin is an outstanding specimen, with deeply frosted luster offering a mixture of rich red and orange coloration on each side. The striking details are extremely sharp, with only slight weakness on the lower hair curl and the eagle's talons. A totally original piece worthy of the finest early gold collection.