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Obverse of 1813 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1813 Half Eagle


PCGS No: 8116


Circulation strikes: 95,428
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot & 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)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

The 1813 $5 Half Eagle introduced a modified version of John Reich's Capped Bust design where Liberty's head appears larger than before because much of the bustline was removed.  Despite a relatively low mintage of only 95,428 pieces, the 1813 Half Eagle is the most easily obtained date in the Capped Bust series.  Many of the known examples have survived in Uncirculated condition, including quite a few Choice examples.  However, the population drops off dramatically at the Gem level, and any 1813 Half Eagle in MS-65 (or better) condition is an extreme rarity.

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

Recent appearances:
Select Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

NGC MS-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 699, "Breen 1-A, B-6467, Rarity-3", illustrated, sold for $52,900.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 808, sold for $10,062.50

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3693, sold for $11,500.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1544, "Breen-1A", sold for $12,650.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7216, "B-1a", illustrated, sold for $4,025.00  From the Dr. Jeff Hosford Collection

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 322, "Breen-1A", illustrated, sold for $8,625.00 Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, August 30, 1971

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 54, "Breen-1a, Miller 119", plated, sold for $5,175.00  Ex Mayflower's sale of May 20, 1965, lot 2108

Strong EF. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1545, "Breen-1A", sold for $1,265.00

Choice About Uncirculated and on the very cusp of full Mint State.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1728, "Breen 1-A, Miller 119", plated, sold for $4,600.00

Extremely Fine, perhaps a bit better.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot
1729, "Breen 1-A, Miller 119, plated, sold for $2,530.00  Ex Stack's Americana Sale (January 12-13, 1999, lot 1881)"

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