1803/2 $5 MS65

CERTIFICATION#: -39945
PCGS#: 8084

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $22.75

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1803/2 Half Eagle is represented by over one hundred Mint State examples, most of which grade MS62 and MS63.  Over a dozen "choice" MS64 examples are known, but Gem examples are exceedingly rare.  The finest are two MS66s, neither of which has appeared at auction in a PCGS holder.  The price record is held by an old-holdered PCGS MS65 that sold for $126,500 in 2007. 

Four different die varieties qualify as the 1803/2 overdate: BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, and BD-4.  The first three varieties share the same obverse; the BD-4 variety has a slightly stronger overdate, though all four varieties show a clear 3/2 overdate.

David Akers (1975/88): Along with the 1806 Round Top 6, this date is one of the two most common dates of the type. It is available in all grades up to choice uncirculated. Despite their relative availability, however, choice specimens are very costly today because of the great popularity of U.S. gold coins, particularly early ones, in choice condition. The strike on a typical 1803/2 is comparable to that of the 1802/1, that is, softer than usually encountered on the 1800 or 1804, the two most often well struck dates of the type. Proof-like surfaces are not unusual.

 

Diameter: 25.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 33,506 Weight: 8.75 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
8
3,600
10
3,950
1
25
5,100
2
30
5,400
6
45+
8,750
50+
10,000
53+
11,250
55+
13,000
58+
15,000
1
62+
23,500
1
63+
42,500
2
64+
84,500
65+
215,000

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 550 R-5.9 16 / 18 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 18 19 / 23
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 11 / 18 TIE 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade