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Obverse of 1825/4 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1825/4 Half Eagle


The 1825 "5 over 4" Half Eagle is known by only two examples, thus making it one of the rarest of all United States coins.

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No 1825/4 Half Eagles have been graded by PCGS.


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Significant examples (2 known)
1.  Proof-60.  Ex - A.E. Cogan's sale of the Colonel Mendes I. Cohen collection, October 1875, Lot 145 - Henry Chapman's sale of the George H. Earle collection, June 1912, Lot 2394 - John H. Clapp - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers & Ruddy Galleries' sale of "The United States Gold Collection, October 1982, Lot 381, sold for $220,000.00 - Stanley Kesselman.  Listed in the 2003 GUIDEBOOK in MS-60 at $250,000.  Called "Ex-proof" by Breen.

2.  NGC AU-50 (illustrated above). Ex - William Story Jenks collection, 1921 - N.M. Kaufman - RARCOA's sale of the Nathan M. Kaufmann collection, August 1978, sold for $140,000 - Kagin Coin Company - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc. "Four Landmark Collections", March 1989, sold for $148,500.00 - Raymond Sansoucy - Auctions by Bowers and Merena, Inc. "Witham & Sansoucy", September 1992, sold for $105,000.00 - Donald Knaack - Julian Liedman - Heritage Rare Coin Galleries - Superior's sale of the Dr. Juan Suros collection of overdates, February 1999, Lot 246, "NGC AU-50", sold for $241,500.00 - the Rogers collection.  Listed in the 2003 GUIDEBOOK in EF-40 at $200,000.00.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"A Guidebook of United States Coins" by R.S. Yeoman, 56th edition.

"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

"Rarity of 1825/4 half eagle often overlooked" by Jeff Starck, COIN WORLD, August 25, 2003, page 66.