1819 $5 5D/50 XF45

CERTIFICATION#: -39960
PCGS#: 8124

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $1460

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: 1819 Half Eagles are represented by two distinct die varieties: 1819 (Close Date, Normal Reverse) and 1819 5D/50.  Both varieties are rare, but the Close Date is definitely the rarer of the two (none have appeared at auction in the past decade).  The 5D/50 variety includes five to six Mint State examples, the finest of which isa single PCGS MS65.

The rarity of 1819 Half Eagles resulted from the destruction of large quantities of early U.S. gold coins whenever their gold value exceeded their face value in the 1800s.  Were it not for coin collectors, the destruction would have been more widespread.

Diameter: 25.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot & John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 51,723 Weight: 8.75 grams Metal Content: 91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
30
25,000
55+
67,500
58
75,000
1
58+
80,000
60
110,000
61
135,000
62
185,000
1
62+
195,000
63+
235,000
64
275,000
1
64+
290,000
65
375,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 17 R-9.2 10 / 22 13 / 42
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 22 TIE 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 22 TIE 3 / 42 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade   Heritage 8/1998:7628, $92,000
5 MS62 PCGS grade Heritage 4/1999:6020 - Harvey Jacobson Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4670, $184,000