Highly desirable 1809/8 overdate gold half eagle. The example offered here is attributed at BD-1, which is an R.3+ variety. The low mintage of only 33,875 is deceiving, as much of the original production was melted not long after being struck. Finding an example of this date in any condition is challenging. Locating a near-Mint State survivor is much more difficult. Lustrous, orange-gold coloration throughout. An eye-appealing specimen for the advanced collector.