David Akers (1975/88): By 1834, the price of gold had risen to the point where the value of gold in a Half Eagle exceeded the face value. As a result, in 1834 the specifications were changed and the size reduced. William Kneass created this new Classic Head design but it lasted for only five years. The 1834 No Motto, Plain 4 is by far the commonest Half Eagle to this point. It is available in all grades up to and including choice uncirculated. The head of Miss Liberty comes in two different sizes, but the differences are relatively minor. Most specimens I have seen show some weakness in the hair curls around Liberty's face.
ka Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Heritage 4/2013:4518, $21,150
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