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Obverse of 1829 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1829 Half Eagle


1829 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8139, 8151

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 57,442
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: John Reich & Robert Scot, modified later in the year by William Kneass

Diameter: 25 mm, reduced later in the year to 23.8 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, Pennsylvania Mint)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Varieties:
Large Date (Large Diameter)
Small Date (Reduced Diameter)

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated 1829 Large Date Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Uncirculated 1829 Small Date Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Harlan P. Smith, 1906 - John H. Clapp, 1942 - Louis Eliasberg - Bowers "Eliasberg" Sale, October 1982 -
the Pogue Family collection (this piece was displayed by David Akers at the 2002 American Numismatic Association "Mid-Winter" Convention

Recent appearances:
Select Uncirculated (illustrated above).  Ex - Garrett collection - Rogers collection.  One of only seven known examples with a Large Date.

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