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1838 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8176

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 286,588
Proofs: estimated 5

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

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7228, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 349, "Large Arrows, Small 5D", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  Purchased from Ed Shapiro, January 17, 1968

Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 70, plated, sold for $3,450.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 350, "Small Arrows, Large 5", illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, August 22, 1968

AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 810, sold for $1,207.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 127, "Breen-6514", sold for $1,380.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8948, "Small arrows, large 5, Breen-6515", not plated, sold for $1,322.50

AU-50, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6021, not illustrated, sold for $437.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Choice Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1549, sold for $345.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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