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Obverse of 1835 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1835 Half Eagle


1835 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8173

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 371,535
Proofs: 3 known

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: 23.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 89.9%
Copper - 10.1%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date
   

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
Gem Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Colonel E.H.R. Green - Farouk, Lot 248 - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part Two, May, 1998, Lot 1906, sold for $264,000.00

Gem Proof.  Ex - Lorin G. Parmalee, 1890, Lot 1045, sold for $17.00 - William H. Woodin - Waldo Newcomer - F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "World's Greatest Collection", 1946, Lot 385, sold for $150.00 - Numismatic Gallery's "Memorable" sale, March 1948, Lot 334, sold for $140.00 - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part One, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 937.

Gem Proof (according to Akers).  Smithsonian Institution.

Recent appearances:
MS-60+.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1357, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1100, "First head, small date", plated, unsold

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 332, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00; Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 120 sold for $1,035.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 334, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From New Netherlands' sale of April 1970, Lot 471 

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 333, not illustrated, sold for $431.25  Purchased from Abe Kosoff, November 14, 1967

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 335, not illustrated, sold for $460.00  Purchased from Ed Shapiro, August 11, 1967

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 121, "Breen-6505" sold for $552.00


Notes:
In the Pittman sale catalogue (Part One), David Akers recounted John McCloskey's assertion that there are eight different varieties of the 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle.  Only three Proofs are known of this date, all from the same pair of dies.  Breen illustrates an unattributed Proof 1835 Half Eagle (Breen 6506) which is most likely the Smithsonian's example.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-64's.

Varieties:
Nearly straight truncation line, Small Date
Curved truncation line, Small Date
Curved truncation line, Large Date (illustrated above)

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