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Obverse of 1805 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1805 Half Eagle


1805 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8088

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 33,183
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

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

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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

NGC MS-64 (illustrated below).  Ex - A-Mark Coin Co., March 16, 1978 - Bowers & Merena, Inc.'s "H.W, Bass, Jr." sale, Part II, October 1999, Lot 765 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 884, "Breen 3B, Rarity 4+", $21,850.00

PCGS MS-64.  ANR 07/2003:697, "Breen 3-B, B-6445, Rarity-4+", illustrated, $35,650.00

"Choice About Uncirculated".  Stack's 12/2003:960, $6,900.00, "Br.3-D (R-4)"

"About Uncirculated, or finer".  Stack's 12/2003:959, $8,625.00, "Br.3-B (R-5)"

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7209,"B-3", illustrated, sold for $11,212.00  Ex: Charles Ruby Collection (Superior, 2/74), lot 1792; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection (Bowers & Merena, 10/99), lot 767, where it realied $17,250.00

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8932, "Unlisted in Breen, Miller-73", plated, sold for $8,625.00 From the Clyde Godfrey Collection 

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 310, "Breen-1B, Wide Date", illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  Purchased from Kevin Lipton, March 16, 1978

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 311, "Breen-3B, Close Date", illustrated, sold for $5,750.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's sale of the John A. Beck Collection, February 1976, Lot 367

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 312, "Breen-3B, Close Date", illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  From Stack's sale of the Scanlon Collection, October 1971, Lot 2254

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 499, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 213, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

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 1805 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1805 Half Eagle

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