“This compact reference contains a comprehensive study of the 1815 half eagle,” said Jim Halperin, co-founder of Heritage, who also edited the monograph, “one of the most famous and valuable rarities in the U.S. federal gold series. Although this issue has been diligently studied by numismatists for more than 150 years, many important facts relating to its history have only recently come to light.”
New findings in the National Archives by Roger W. Burdette have yielded information about the first appearance of the 1815 along with some never-before-published correspondence between Mint officials establishing the pedigree of the Mint Cabinet specimen, which was only acquired in 1885. It also includes the story of the long-reported specimen in the Royal Coin Cabinet of Sweden.
The second half of the booklet consists of a detailed census of known specimens of the 1815 half eagle, with a separate section for each coin.
The book is available for purchase at $20 on the Heritage Auctions website, HA.com.