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Obverse of 1799 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1799 Half Eagle


1799 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8081, 98081

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 7,451
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 Uncirculated "Small" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest Uncirculated "Large" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Uncirculated (illustrated above).  Ex - the Rogers collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 802, "Small stars reverse", sold for $36,800.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 298, "Breen-4G, Large Reverse Stars", illustrated, sold for $14,950.00  From Stack's sale of September 1972, Lot 184

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3749, sold for $10,637.50 Previously from our May-June 1993 sale, Lot 1545.

Net VF-30.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 297, "Breen 2C, Small Reverse Stars", illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  From Quality Sales Corporation sale of the John A. Beck Collection, February 1976, Lot 347

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