1834 $5 Capped Bust, Plain 4 MS62

CERTIFICATION#: -11166
PCGS#: 8160

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Scott & Co, Sale (1894); Clapp Collection (1942). Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '82 price realized $16,500. Lot #396.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): This is the final year of this very rare type. As a date, i.e. with both varieties lumped together, the 1834 is possibly the most common date of the type, despite the fact that the mintage is at most 40% of the mintages for 1830-1833. This merely goes to show that mintages, particularly of early U.S. gold coins which experienced wide scale melting in 1834-1836, can be unreliable in determining rarity. The Plain 4 variety of the 1834 Motto is more often available than the Crosslet 4 variety. Gem quality coins are almost unobtainable and even AU or average uncirculated coins are not seen with any regularity.

 

Diameter: 23.80 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot & John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 50,141 Weight: 8.75 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 37 R-8.7 6 / 9 TIE 23 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 17 R-9.2 8 / 9 TIE 24 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 1 / 9 TIE 3 / 42 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade