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Obverse of 1837 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1837 Half Eagle


1837 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8175

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 207,121
Proofs: only 1 known

Designer: William Kneass

Diameter: 23.8 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples of this date:
1.  Proof - Smithsonian Institution.  Unique!

2.  Choice Uncirculated (illustrated above).  Ex - Colonel E.H.R. Green - Farouk, 1954, Lot 248 (a complete set of Classic Head Half Eagles, including a Proof 1835 and a Proof 1836!), sold for $483.00 - David Akers Numismatics, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part One, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 940, "Very Choice Uncirculated".

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7227, "Large Date, Large 5", illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8947, plated, sold for $11,500.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 346, "Large Date", illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Purchased from Lester Merkin, June 23, 1967

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 125, "Breen-6512, Large Date",  sold for $2,645.00

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 126, "Breen-6513", sold for $920.00 From the Bowers and Merena sale of the Bass Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 862  Purchased from Lester Merkin's sale of March 1967, Lot 457

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 348, "Small Date", illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From RARCOA's ANA Sale, August 1970, Lot 1527

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7226, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1104, "Small date", not plated, sold for $253.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 347, "Large Date", not illustrated, sold for $632.50  From Abe Kosoff's sale of September, 1967, Lot 740

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1105,"Small date", not plated, sold for $253.00

Notes:
Only a single Proof 1837 Half Eagle is known to exist and that coin is essentially off the market, as it resides in the Smithsonian Institution's collection.  Uncirculated examples of this date are very rare, but several nice examples exist.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.  

No Proofs have been certified by PCGS.

Varieties:
Large Date, Small 5
Large Date, Large 5
Small 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