1803/2 $5 Gold
15% Mis-Aligned Obverse Die
PCGS XF 45
1 of 2 Known
It is very rare for any U. S. gold coin to be also a mint error. In fact, among the earliest styles of U. S. gold coins (1795-1807), I am only aware of an early $5 that was struck 5% off-center.
This is an 1803/2 $5 gold piece with a 15% mis-aligned obverse die. It is one of two known with the other piece being very circulated.
In the case of this coin, the result is an obverse that is off center about 15% at 4:30 o'clock, leaving a blank area at 10:30. Because the obverse die did not strike the blank area, the reverse of the coin that is directly behind the blank area will not be subject to much striking force, and will be weakly struck at best.
A very rare error on an early gold type coin.
Gold Errors are featured in Chapter 12 of my
NLG award winning book, World's Greatest Mint Errors: