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PCGS No: 8104


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)

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