Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 658,028
Catalog: KM-57
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $296.93 (9/15/2014)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1834 PLAIN 4 CLASSIC $5 MS obverse 1834 PLAIN 4 CLASSIC $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After decades of American gold coins not circulating because their melted value exceeded their face value, in 1834 Congress finally decided to reduce the weight of U.S. gold coins. The mint anticipated a veritable flood of old tenor gold coins to be turned in for the newer, lighter ones and dies were prepared with the androgynous, and now familiar, Classic head motif. More than 650,000 half eagles were struck and distributed in 1834 with the new design and most circulated heavily. However, a few were saved as mementoes and when one does encounter a high grade Classic quarter eagle or half eagle it is usually dated 1834.

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1834 PLAIN 4 CLASSIC $5 MS
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Base $ 550 585 600 680 875 875 1450 1525 1900 2600 4600 5300 6650 11600 24000 95000 190000 - - - -
$ 950 1500 1600 2150 2850 5000 5600 7200 14400 27500 115000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2056
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/16/2009 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2772, 2772/Lot# 1750 $1,092.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2026 $3,910.00
9/7/2011 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1159/Lot# 8801 $747.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5742 $11,162.50
8/30/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4894 $1,224.35
12/1/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154734 $1,760.00
2/23/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 723 $900.00
6/4/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5685 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 PLAIN 4 CLASSIC $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4485075726428201051141617072041223324892643280732813984475684281142416442240473570653773
467528595701897117215131818210523182540269729653515424159809426130961897727933417280
0000001513181821052318254026972965351542415980942613096189772793300
00000016101929216924032591275231233749449872041042514769215123181900
1834 PLAIN 4 CLASSIC $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4825446116868741115149617992146234526112770294134314157495287271179916932246963657454948
502566636748954124215971914221224332664282731043673442262109751135101952028655426980
0000001597191422122433266428273104367344226210975113510195202865500
00000016982030227825222717288432673915468774681077515221221083261400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 8428
Owner: The Artist's Collection
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 4756
Owner: scotty's gold
 
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