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: $311.88 (8/20/2014)
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 1250 1475 1900 2600 4350 4800 6500 11250 24000 70000 190000 - - - -
$ 950 1400 1600 2150 2850 4750 5200 7200 13000 27500 77000 215000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2038
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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8/31/2014 XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 819, 828/Lot# 235
9/6/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8616
9/6/2014 XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8615
9/6/2014 VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 8614
9/6/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1209/Lot# 4428
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Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0916, 916/Lot# 1875 $1,740.75
8/18/2004 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7272 $1,667.50
10/17/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1126 $1,265.00
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4404 $1,265.00
1/29/2012 NGC   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1457 $1,207.50
2/28/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7473 $4,025.00
5/6/2012 NGC AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 50392 $1,210.00
2/3/2013 PCGS   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1743 $661.25


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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