Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust $5 (1807-1834)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 263,806
Catalog: KM-43
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9160
Weight: 8.7500g
AGW: 0.2577oz
Melt Value: $335.83 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 25mm
Edge: Reeded
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1820 $5 MS obverse 1820 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1820 date is among the most curious and interesting of the many fascinating half eagles of the 1820s, if not on a par with the fabulously rare 1822, of which but three examples are known, or the 1825/4, which only has two pieces known. Going by the rarity estimates given in Bass-Dannreuther, from 375 to 476 examples of half eagles from 1820 through 1829 are known, of which the 1820-dated varieties constitute about one-third of the total. (The recorded mintage of 1820 half eagles, at 263,806 coins, was an overlarge one that was never again even approached during the 1820s.) However, since there are nine varieties of 1820 half eagle, all of them individually range from 'rare' (R.5) to 'extremely rare' (R.7). In fact, of the 25 known die pairings of half eagles dated from 1820 through 1829, one only single die pairing, the R.4 1823 (BD-1, the only known marriage for the year) can be considered less than rare, with an estimated 80 to 100 known survivors.

Focusing on only the varieties dated 1820, the 2012 Guide Book lists three varieties for the year: the Curved Base 2, Large Letters, the Curved Base 2, Small Letters, and the Square Base 2 (all of which are Large Letters marriages, there are no known Square Base 2, Small Letters variants). Bass-Dannreuther lists four varieties with Square Base 2, Large Letters: BD-1, R.7, BD-2, High R.5, BD-3, R.5, and BD-4, High R.7. There are two Curved Base 2, Large Letters varieties, BD-5, R.6, and BD-7, High R.7, and there are three Curved Base 2, Small Letters varieties: BD-6, R.7, BD-8, High R.7, and BD-9, High R.7.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1820 $5 MS
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Base $ 1450 2000 4250 4650 8750 8750 10500 11000 11750 13250 17000 19500 25000 38500 60500 135000 280000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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8/8/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1913 $32,200.00
5/25/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4421 $92,000.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7541 $33,350.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7542 $23,000.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4869 $44,562.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1776 $49,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1820 $5 MS
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Base180319702147233524952834333437474067426145284694481751586685775699181275616506217642923940014
185820292209238826083000347138534131435045834735493056677042847610864140061825824255328300
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1820 $5 MS Prooflike
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Base1900207222562451261729683485391242424442471848885015536769388038102551316216998223672998940958
195721332321250627343140362740224308453447744930513258907304877711224144401878724907336450
00000036274022430845344774493051325890730487771122414440187872490700
00000037694132437546264831497252496414767195161219315719205772744800
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