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Obverse of 1840 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1840 Half Eagle


1840 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8194

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 137,382
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters (reduced to 21.65 millimeters later in the year)

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
(Illustrated above).  Ex - the John Jay Pittman collection

Recent appearances:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 356, "Narrow Mill", illustrated, sold for $977.50  From Paramount's sale of August 1969, Lot 1882

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4013, "Broad Mill", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 354, "Broad Mill", illustrated, sold for $1,380.00  Purchased from James Cohen, August 9, 1967

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 357, "Narrow Mill", illustrated, not sold  Purchased from Stack's December 7, 1971

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1362, illustrated, sold for $575.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 355, "Broad Mill", not illustrated, sold for $299.00  Purchased from Lester Merkin, June 23, 1967

ANACS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8951, "Broad mill", not plated, unsold

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8950, "Narrow mill", not plated, sold for $218.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

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