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Obverse of 1812 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1812 Half Eagle


1812 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8112

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 58,087
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 Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Varieties:
Wide 5 D

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

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66 (#6581222).  Ex - Norman Stack - Offered by Hanks & Associates, Inc. for $175,000 in the September 20, 1999 issue of Coin World

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - RARCOA "Kaufman Collection", August 1978, Lot 802 - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc. "Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part III", May 2000, Lot 312 - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 780, illustrated, "Breen-6466, B-1B...Wide 5D..., sold for $35,650.00

Gem Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 502, "Breen-6646", illustrated, sold for $19,550.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4008, "Miller-118, Low Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

PCGS MS-62. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8939, "B-1b, Miller-118, Wide 5D", plated, sold for $5,750.00  Ex: Bass II (Bowers and Merena, 10/99),lot 801, sold for $8,912.50; earlier purchased by Bass from A-MArk Coin Co., March 16, 1978

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3692, sold for $7,187.50

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8938, "B-1b, Miller-118", plated, sold for $3,105.00

EF-40, cleaned (illustrated below).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2183, sold for $1,437.50

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 1812 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1812 Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries