1825 "5 OVER 4" FIVE DOLLARS
OR 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.
Details of date area
No 1825/4 Half Eagles have
been graded by PCGS.
Images courtesy of Hanks
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
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
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"A Guidebook of United States Coins" by R.S. Yeoman, 56th
"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.