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Obverse of 1843 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1843 Half Eagle


1843 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8213, 8433

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 611,205
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Known Proof examples:
1. "Gem Proof" (illustrated above).  Ex - William H. Woodin, Lot 1207 - Thomas Elder's 1911 sale, Lot 966 - (1914 ANS Exhibit) - possibly to Waldo Newcomer - possibly to Colonel E.H.R. Green - John Zug, sold in 1939 - F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "World's Greatest Collection", 1946 - Jake Shapiro (aka J.F. Bell) - Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "Memorable" Collection, March 1948, Lot 343, sold for $135.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 832i, illustrated, "...The date is level and centered between the bust and the denticles.  There are raised die scratches from die polishing that are evident in the reverse field, particularly noticeable at IC of AMERICA, and running from a denticle under the F in FIVE to the lowermost leaf on the left side...small lint mark in the field by the eagle's right claws and the lowest arrowhead...", sold as part of the complete 1843 Proof set (still in the original case)!  This set may be the complete set that appeared in the 1895 Winsor sale as Lot 1067, said to have been presented to President Tyler.  The attribution to Woodin was told to Pittman by Zug.

2. Proof.  Fernand David - Will W. Neil, Lot 2292 - Amon Carter, Lot 630.  Part of a complete, original, cased set.

3. Proof.  Colonel E.H.R. Green - Farouk, Lot 250

4. PCGS Proof-65.  Auction '84.  This may be the Green-Farouk coin listed above.  

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 133, not sold

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8956, plated, sold for $6,900.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 375, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  From the Bowers and Merena sale of Norweb Collection, Part I, October 1987, Lot 809

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 376, "Repunched 18", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From Stack's sale of the July 1986, Lot 400

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8955, plated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 703, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2331, "Breen-6544, Small Thin Stars" Not Sold

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7231, not illustrated, sold for $379.50

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 8954, not plated, sold for $184.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

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

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