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1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle Obverse     1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle Reverse

(compare with
1807 Turban Head Half Eagle)

PCGS No: 8101


Circulation strikes: 51,605
Proofs: 0

Designer: John Reich

Diameter: 25 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Silver and Copper - 8.3%

Weight: 135 grains (8.748 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia mint)

1807 saw two Half Eagle designs: the "Turban Head" type of earlier years (with the bust of Liberty facing right), and a new design by John Reich featuring a Capped Bust of Liberty facing left.  Although scarce, the 1807 Capped Bust Half Eagles is readily available in most grades, even up through MS-64.  In Gem and better conditions, this date becomes incredibly rare.  The finest examples certified by PCGS are 5 MS-64's, a full two points ahead of the next contender.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-67.  Ex - Sotheby's sale of the John Moores (owner of the San Diego Padres baseball team) collection, November 1999, Lot 78, "PCGS MS-67" at $121,000.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - "Long Beach Connoisseur Collection" - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s "The Rarities Sale", August 9, 1999, Lot 390, "Breen-6453, B-5D...PCGS MS-65" at $59,800.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7213, "B-5d", illustrated, sold for $41,515.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7212, "B-5d", illustrated, sold for $17,825.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7590, "B-5D, Miller-101", illustrated, not sold

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2320, "Breen-6543, B-5D" at $2,070.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 318, "Breen-5E", illustrated, sold for $4,025.00  Purchased from Paramount, May 28, 1970

A strong Extremely Fine, nearly About Uncirculated, Lightly Cleaned"  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1723, Breen 5-D, Miller 101", plated, sold for $1,725.00

Net Fine-12.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 887, "Breen-5E, Rarity 6+" at $1,150.00

Varieties (2 known):
Breen 5-D
- Scarce (illustrated above and below)
Breen 5-E - Very Rare (same obverse as Breen 5-D; the reverse differs in that the D of UNITED is much closer to the eagle's wingtip).

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle     Reverse of 1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle

1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle - NGC MS-63
ex - Eliasberg - the Rogers collection