Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 658,028
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $309.47 (10/22/2017)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 550 575 615 650 850 1325 1450 1835 2650 4300 5150 6500 12500 26000 85000 150000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2168
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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11/4/2017 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20330


Auction Prices Realized

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9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1125 $33,350.00
1/12/2005 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8944 $517.50
10/17/2005 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #58, 63/Lot# 1126 $1,265.00
11/12/2007 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2448, 2448/Lot# 2164 $644.00
4/14/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20719 $493.50
5/11/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 193556 $3,300.00
6/1/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 140110 $660.00
5/31/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23798 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1834 PLAIN 4 $5 MS CLASSIC Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4825446116868741115149617992146234526112770294134314157495287271179916932246963657454948
502566636748954124215971914221224332664282731043673442262109751135101952028655426980
0000001597191422122433266428273104367344226210975113510195202865500
00000016982030227825222717288432673915468774681077515221221083261400
1834 PLAIN 4 $5 MS CLASSIC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4485075726428201051141617072041223324892643280732813984475684281142416442240473570653773
467528595701897117215131818210523182540269729653515424159809426130961897727933417280
0000001513181821052318254026972965351542415980942613096189772793300
00000016101929216924032591275231233749449872041042514769215123181900
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4756
Owner: scotty's gold
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 3281
Owner: Highland200
 
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