1834 $5 Classic, Plain 4 MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -18119
PCGS#: 8171

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Mougey Collection; Elder (1910); Clapp Collection (1942). Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '82 price realized $9,350. Lot #399.

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 22.50 millimeters Designer: William Kneass Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 657,460 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 89.9% Gold, 10.1% Copper
2
525
1
3
450
2
4
425
2
45+
1,125
50+
1,325
53+
1,650
55+
2,350
58+
3,750
62+
7,200
63+
15,000
64+
35,000
2
65+
100,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,750 R-4.7 8 / 8 8 / 8
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 8 / 8 8 / 8
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 4 / 8 TIE 4 / 8 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade   Stack’s 3/2007:1563, $126,500
5 MS64+ PCGS grade

ka Collection (PCGS Set Registry) - Heritage 4/2013:4518, $21,150