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Obverse of 1826 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1826 Half Eagle


1826 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8135

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,069
Proofs: estimated 5

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 Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Notes:
The finest 1826 Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The Lilly Collection at the Smithsonian Institution contains the second known 1826 Breen 2-B (see Sylloge #202).

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - B. Max Mehl's "Dunham Collection" Sale, June 3, 1941 - The Pogue Family collection (this piece was displayed by David Akers at the 2002 American Numismatic Association "Mid-Winter" Convention)

Gem Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

Gem Uncirculated.  Ex - Abe Kosoff's sale of the Alex Shuford collection, May 1968, Lot 1958 - Donald H. Carter collection.  Offered at $99,500.000 by Rarcoa in a January 3, 2000 Coin World advertisement. 

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1731, "Breen 1-A, Miller 150", plated, sold for $10,925.00

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

Email from Saul Teichman, December 21, 2001