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Obverse of 1811 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1811 Half Eagle


1811 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8109, 8110

Mintage: 
Circulation strikes: 99,581
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:
The finest "Small 5" examples graded by PCGS are 10 MS-64's.

The finest "Tall 5" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Select Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

Varieties:
Small 5
Tall 5


Recent appearances:
MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 115, "Breen-6463, Breen-1A, Tall 5" sold for $7,475.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7215, "B-1b", illustrated, sold for $4,025.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 321, "Breen-1a, Tall 5", illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From Stack's ANA sale, August 1971, Lot 2130

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1727, "Breen 1-A, Miller 115", not plated, sold for $3,737.50

Sharpness of EF-40 but burnished.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4007, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

Sources and 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