Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 553,147
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $422.55 (4/14/2021)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1836 $5 MS obverse 1836 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of the half eagle was heavy in 1836, after the 1834 Plain 4, it is the second most available among Classic Head issues, with an original mintage of over half a million pieces.

While Classic Head gold retains a high degree of difficulty overall, the 1836 remains accessible, or in higher grades, available for a price. As Garrett and Guth write in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, ' ... collectors should have no problem acquiring examples for their collections, even in Mint State.' Gems, however, prove far more elusive.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1836 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 600 625 735 875 1275 1450 1850 2750 4350 5250 7000 14250 27000 88000 - - - - -
$ - - 1550 2200 3375 - - 7500 - 27500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1300
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1836 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base14511133109198991602112261148512381-----1299
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----------3--3211-----10
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Total14511133109198991602112291148542592-----1309
 0%0%0%1%10%8%15%8%12%16%17%1%4%4%2%1%0%----- 
1836 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1836 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4825446116868741115155418952213239926482799304734314334615399181371619994296644459167928
50256663674895412611667200122752482269828813175373249407408111841580823217346395237071324
00000016672001227524822698288131753732494074081118415808232173463900
00000017812107233725652748296433034033554686631245017901264403961500
1836 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4485075726428201051147217992106228525252671291032814157592295881329719463289214358566553
46752859570189711911581190121652365257327503033357347457144108241535222615338095124169881
00000015811901216523652573275030333573474571441082415352226153380900
00000016902003222524452622283031573865533383661206017407257683869700
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Grade: MS 62 PL
Points: 3431
Owner: DougG
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2910
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
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