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Obverse of 1804 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1804 Half Eagle


1804 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8085, 8086

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 30,475
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)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Rarcoa's sale of June 1973, Lot 171 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 883, "Breen 2C, Rarity 5" at $26,450.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3681, sold for $25,012.50

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2319, "Breen-6442, B-1A" at $6,411.00

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

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7208, "Small8/Large 8, B-1a", illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 308, "Breen-2E, Small Date", illustrated, sold for $5,290.00  Purchased from RARCOA at the 1970 ANA Convention

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 309, "Breen-2C, Small Date", illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  Purchased from Numismatics, Ltd., July 5, 1973
 

Notes:
Copper, Tin, and Silver Restrikes of this date are known, some of which may have been made privately.

The finest Uncirculated "Small 8" examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64's.

The finest Uncirculated "Small 8/Large 8" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

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