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Obverse of 1797 Half Eagle - Plain Eagle on Reverse     Reverse of 1797 Half Eagle - Plain Eagle on Reverse

  
1797 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE -
Plain Eagle on Reverse
(see also 1797 Half Eagle -
Eagle and Shield on Reverse
)

PCGS Nos: 8068, 8069

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 3,609
Proofs: 0

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 25 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Silver and Copper - 8.3%

Weight: 135 grains (8.748 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Varieties (4):

Miller Breen Hilt Rarity
17 10-J   Very Rare
18 11-J   Extremely Rare
19 12-K   Very Rare
20 Unlisted 13-J Unique

Recent appearances:
Extremely Fine (illustrated above).  Ex - the Rogers collection.

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3747, sold for $24,150.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3748, sold for $14,375.00

Notes:
The finest circulation strike "16 stars" examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58's.

The finest circulation strike "15 stars" examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"United States Half Eagle Gold Coins 1795 to 1834" by Robert W. Miller, Sr.

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service