Coin Specifications

Category: Capped Bust $5 (1807-1834)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 34,641
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9160
Weight: 8.7500g
AGW: 0.2580oz
Melt Value: $439.18 (3/5/2021)
Diameter: 25mm
Edge: Reeded
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1821 $5 MS obverse 1821 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Only two die varieties are known for the 1821 half eagles, with an estimated combined population of only 15 to 20 pieces. The varieties are quickly distinguished by the position of Star 6. On BD-1 (Breen 3-A), star 6 points to the cap, above the headband. About 12 to 15 are known, according to John Dannreuther in Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, A Study of Die States, 1795-1834. On BD-2 (Breen 2-A), star 6 points to the headband, below the cap. Dannreuther estimates that just three to five examples of BD-2 are known. Walter Breen recorded a third variety, Breen 1-A. It is now known that his obverse 1 and obverse 2 are the same die.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2017

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1821 $5 MS
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Base $ - - - 37500 65000 110000 145000 185000 215000 240000 265000 305000 410000 - - 1100000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 475000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1821 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----1--11--1-1-------5
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Total-----1--12--1-1-------6
 -----17%--17%33%--17%-17%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1821 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base292931663417368353676324727680388745916097181005610320111471297313348138692046725418321504142854397
300832493505424456866641753082738883934698301014410595117551309813521160682211727662352424575157117
0000007530827388839346983010144105951175513098135211606822117276623524200
0000007784850990219532994310232108711236413223136951826723767299063833500
1821 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2796302632683525515860897014775684458849939397239981107881257112937134461990324756313614047653231
28723106335340695468639772617985857990309503980910250113821269313106155982152026957343994472755893
000000726179858579903095039809102501138212693131061559821520269573439900
000000750882158714921196139895105191197612815132761775023138291593743700
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