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1834 CAPPED BUST
FIVE DOLLARS OR HALF EAGLE
(see also 1834 Classic Head Half Eagle)

PCGS Nos: 8160, 8161

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 50,141
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: John Reich & Robert Scot, modified by William Kneass

Diameter: 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 Philadelphia)

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Plain 4" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest Uncirculated "Crosslet 4" examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Varieties:
Plain 4 in Date
Crosslet 4 in Date

Significant examples:
Uncirculated (illustrated above).  Ex - Floyd Starr - the Rogers collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - William Walser - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 785, illustrated, "...Breen-6500, B-13.  Crosslet 4...", sold for $25,300.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 117, "Breen-6501, Plain-4, Without Motto" sold for $575.00

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 69, Breen I-3, Miller 172, Crosslet 4", plated, sold for $19,550.00  Ex Charles Kramer Collection (Stack's and Superior, November 30, 1988, lot 337)

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2322, "Breen-6501, Plain-4" at $345.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2324, "Breen-6502, Plain-4" at $276.00

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2325, "Breen-6502, Plain-4" at $327.75

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 118, "Breen-6501" sold for $747.50

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 119, "Breen-6501" sold for $862.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2326, "Breen-6504" at $414.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2323, "Breen-6501, Plain-4" at $391.00

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