Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust $5 (1807-1834)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 157,487
Catalog: KM-43
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9160
Weight: 8.7500g
AGW: 0.2577oz
Melt Value: $321.33 (10/20/2014)
Diameter: 25mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1832 13 STARS $5 MS obverse 1832 13 STARS $5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1832 half eagle is known in only two die pairings, BD-1 and BD-2, easily distinguished by the presence of either 13 or 12 obverse stars, respectively. In addition, the 12 Stars BD-2 has a curved-base 2, while the 13 Stars BD-1 has a straight-base 2. Both are listed as separate Guide Book varieties. These two obverse dies were each paired with but a single reverse die, which on the 13 Stars is recorded with only a single die state. The reverse of the 12 Stars variety shows a later state of the 13 Stars reverse, with some of the letters weak and the eagle's claws more open due to die lapping. Bass-Dannreuther notes that Miller's half eagle reference erroneously lists four die pairings for the 1832, including two with the 1830 Small D (BD-2) reverse. All 1832 pieces known, however, including the present coin, show the Large D reverse, with the letter large and the period distant.

The 1832 BD-2 12 Stars is much rarer, with a High R.7 rarity rating according to Bass-Dannreuther. The Guide Book notes that only five examples of BD-2 are known, while Bass-Dannreuther says 'five or six.' This is certainly not to be interpreted, however, that the BD-1 is common, for its High R.5 rating makes it 'rare to very rare' in adjectival terms--this in what is among the most difficult U.S. coin series, gold or otherwise. Bass-Dannreuther comments concerning the rarity of this variety:

'Bass owned a single example of this available variety--at least available for this type. There are as many as 50 examples surviving. This may seem high to some specialists, but quite a few of these coins have been brought to market because of higher prices in the past 25 years. This is still not a common coin, of course, and all Fat Head Fives are popular and snapped up by savvy collectors at auction and on the bourse floor. For some reason, half eagles of the 1830s are often seen with extensive evidence of handling, unlike most of the dates of the 1820s.'

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


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Total Graded: 12
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 65

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10/23/2008 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 2051 $52,900.00
9/7/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1159/Lot# 4293 $54,625.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5437 $176,250.00
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8/6/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 13219 $17,625.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1832 13 STARS $5 MS
1832 13 STARS $5 MS Prooflike
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