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Obverse of 1798 Half Eagle - Eagle and Shield on Reverse     Reverse of 1798 Half Eagle - Eagle and Shield on Reverse


1798 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE -
Eagle and Shield on Reverse
(see also 1798 Half Eagle -
Plain Eagle on Reverse
)

PCGS Nos: 8078, 8080, 8079

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 24,867
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 the Philadelphia mint)

Notes:
The finest "Large 8, 13 Star Rev." examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-63's.

The finest "Large 8, 14 Star Rev." examples graded by PCGS are 4 AU-58's.

The finest "Small 8" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Significant examples:
Uncirculated (illustrated above).  Ex - the Rogers collection.  13 star reverse.

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2178 @ $13,225.00  "13 star reverse"

NGC AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 695, "Breen 1-B, B-6426, Rarity-5+", illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

NGC AU-58 (illustrated below).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara" Sale, November 1999, Lot 6812, "13 star reverse"

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 296, "Breen-3E,  Large 8, 13 Stars Reverse", illustrated, sold for $9,200.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of October 1969, Lot 422

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 37, "Breen-2c, Miller 26", plated, sold for $24,150.00  Ex Auction '90 (David Akers' session, August 11, lot 1876)

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7206, "Small 8, B-4f", illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

Net EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 295, "Breen-1B, 13 Stars Reverse, Large 8", illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 801

EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1347, "13 Stars, Large 8, Miller-31", illustrated, sold for $5,520.00

Varieties:
13 Stars on the Reverse
14 Stars on the Reverse

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

1798 Half Eagle Obverse        1798 Half Eagle Reverse
Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions