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Obverse of 1818 Half Eagle


1818 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8119, 8120, 8121

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 48,588
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)

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest "5D over 50" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Gem Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection

Varieties:
Normal dies
No space between STATES and OF
"D over 0" in the denomination

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65.  Benson collection - Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", 02/2001:4009, "Miller-123, Rarity-6", illustrated, $51,750.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1351, "Miller-125, 5D over 50", illustrated, sold for $71,875.00

NGC MS-64.  Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3694, sold for $40,250.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 504, "Breen-6470, B-2B, STATESOF", illustrated, not sold

"Brilliant Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:964, $13,800.00, "Br.2-B (R.4).  STATESOF"

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 323, "Breen-2B, STATESOF", illustrated, sold for $18,400.00  Purchased from RARCOA, August 24, 1966

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8941, "B-2b, Miller-124, STATESOF", plated, sold for $8,970.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

NGC MS-61.  Goldbergs Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1352, "Miller-125, 5D over 50", illustrated, sold for $12,075.00

NGC MS-61.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 505, "Breen-6472, B-3c, 5D over 50", illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

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