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Obverse of 1836 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1836 Half Eagle


1836 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8174, 8182

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 553,147
Proofs: estimated 5

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 - Lorin G. Parmalee, 1890, Lot 1054, sold for $21.00 - Farouk, 1954, Lot 248 (a complete set of Classic Head Half Eagles, including a Proof 1835 and this coin!), sold for $483.00 - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part One, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 938.

Gem Proof (according to Akers).  Part of an original, previously unknown, complete 1836 Proof set purchased privately by Brian Hendelson in 1996.

Gem Proof (according to Akers).  Smithsonian Institution.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 344, illustrated, sold for $48,300.00  Purchased from Stack's, July 1971
 
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 338, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, September 4, 1968

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 339, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  Purchased from Ron Gillio, September 20, 1972

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1101, plated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 700, illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7225, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 123, sold for $1,265.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 124, "Breen-6510", sold for $1,380.00  From the Bowers and Merena sale of the Bass Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 857.  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, June 1, 1970

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8946, not plated, sold for $1,265.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 340, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  Purchased from Rowe & Brownlee, August 4, 1967

AU-53 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 891, plated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7224, not illustrated, sold for $661.25

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 341, not illustrated, sold for $483.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of September 1967, Lot 707

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 345, not illustrated, sold for $747.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, February 18, 1971

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 892, sold for $667.00  From Superior Galleries sale, June 2-3, 1986, lot 1874

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 336, not illustrated, sold for $552.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of September 1967, Lot 726

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1102, "Second head, large 5", not plated, sold for $546.25

AU-50 Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7108, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2328, "Breen-6509", unsold

About EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1103, "Second hand, large 5", not plated, sold for $316.25

Choice Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1548, sold for $253.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.

Varieties:

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

Obverse of 1836 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1836 Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles