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Obverse of 1803 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1803 Half Eagle


1803 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8084

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 33,506
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, Pennsylvania Mint)

Notes:
Copper Restrikes are known of this date.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

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

PCGS MS-61 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 882, "Breen 2D, Rarity 4" at $8,337.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2317, "Breen-6441, B-1D, Overdate" Not Sold From the sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II, October 1999, Lot 748.  Earlier from Quality Sales  Corporation's auction of the John A. Beck Collection, Part I, January 1975, Lot 348

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4001, "3 over 2, Miller-57, Breen 1-D, Rarity-2", illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3754, sold for $32,200.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2318, Breen 6441, B-1D" at $4,600.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 305, "Breen-1C, Overdate", illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, November 6, 1970

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 306, "Breen-2D, Overdate", illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of February 1972, Lot 408

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 307, "Breen-1C, Overdate", illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  From Stack's sale of the Delp Collection, November 1972, Lot 794

ANACS Net EF-45, AU Details, Scratched, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8931, "B-1c, Miller-56", plated, unsold

ANACS EF-40, AU-Details, Damaged.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8930, "B-1d, Miller-57",  not plated, sold for $1,725.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Varieties:
1803/2 overdate

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

Obverse of 1803 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1803 Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.