1835 $5 AU50

CERTIFICATION#: 14823669
PCGS#: 8173

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1835 is not particularly rare and it is, in fact, the third most common date of this type after 1834 and 1836. There are two different style heads for 1835 but, as is the case of the 1834, the differences are minor. Despite its relatively "common date" nature, the 1835 is very hard to obtain in choice uncirculated condition.

Ron Guth: In the Pittman sale catalogue (Part One), David Akers recounted John McCloskey's assertion that there are eight different varieties of the 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle.  Only three Proofs are known of this date, all from the same pair of dies.  Breen illustrates an unattributed Proof 1835 Half Eagle (Breen 6506) which is most likely the Smithsonian's example.

Varieties:
Nearly straight truncation line, Small Date
Curved truncation line, Small Date
Curved truncation line, Large Date (illustrated above)

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Diameter: 22.50 millimeters Designer: William Kneass Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 371,534 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 89.9% Gold, 10.1% Copper
2
525
1
3
450
4
425
6
440
10
500
1
15
575
4
45+
1,125
1
50+
1,325
53+
1,650
55+
2,350
62+
7,200
1
63+
15,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 850 R-5.3 6 / 8 6 / 8
60 or Better 90 R-8.1 5 / 8 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 8 1 / 8

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade