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1809 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8104

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 33,875
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)

Notes:
All 1809 Half Eagle are overdates, with an "8" visible beneath the "9" of the date.

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Significant examples:
Select Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

PCGS MS-64.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2182, sold for $25,300.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3689, sold for $9,200.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 805, "Breen-6458", unsold

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4006, "9 over 8, Miller-108, Rarity-3", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

Choice Extremely Fine, lightly toned.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
1725, plated, sold for $3,450.00

EF-45, Scratches, cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6020, not illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Net VF-35, sharpness EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 114, "Breen-6458, Breen-1A, Overdate", sold for $1,265.00

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