1829 $5 Large Size MS64

CERTIFICATION#: -39971
PCGS#: 8139

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $1545

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): This date is the third rarest of the type, surpassed in rarity only by the 1825/4 (two known) and 1822 (three known). There are only 7-8 1829 Large Planchet Half Eagles, all but one of them being gem uncirculated. The lone non-unc is one that has appeared at auction as Fine and VG. It has been used in jewelry and details on the reverse have been re-engraved. The EF listing in the Farouk Sale can be disregarded because the coin is the same coin that later appeared in the Clifford Smith Sale and brought $11,000 and then it sold at the 1976 ANA Sale for $65,000 to Harry Bass.

 

Ron Guth: The following roster of all known 1829 Large Size Half Eagles is based on the catalog description in the Heritage FIN Sale of January 2012, with edits.

1. PR64 PCGS. Joseph J. Mickley - W. Elliot Woodward - William Sumner Appleton - W. Elliot Woodward, privately, 1/1883 - T. Harrison Garrett - Robert Garrett - John Work Garrett - Johns Hopkins University - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:471 - Stack's 10/1988:82 - Bowers & Merena 8/1989:548 - Michael I. Keston Collection - Superior 1/1996:120 - Harvey A. Jacobson Collection - Heritage 1/2012

2. PR65/MS65. David S. Wilson - S.H. Chapman 3/1907:79 - Virgil M. Brand - Armin Brand - Frieda Brand - Jane Brand Allen - Bowers & Merena 11/1983:280 - Superior 7/1985:941 - Harry W. Bass, Jr - Bass Core Collection. Probably ex: Col. Mendes I. Cohen Collection - Edward Cogan 10/1875:149 - John W. Haseltine - J. Colvin Randall Collection - W.E. Woodward 6/1885:934. Several researchers have suggested that the Cohen specimen went to Lorin G. Parmelee, but that now appears doubtful.

3. MS66 ICG. Lorin G. Parmelee - New York Coin & Stamp Co. 6/1890:988; Byron Reed Collection - Omaha City Library/Western Heritage Museum. Probably ex: W.E. Woodward 3/1865:2780 - William Strobridge; then possibly to George Seavey, who exhibited an 1829 half eagle at the Boston Numismatic Society on February 4, 1869; Seavey Descriptive Catalog (William Strobridge, 6/1873), lot 490; Lorin G. Parmelee, who bought the entire Seavey Collection en masse before the sale; Parmelee Collection (Strobridge, 6/1873), lot 789, withdrawn. Heritage numismatist David Stone believes that this coin, offered as a duplicate from the Parmelee Collection, was withdrawn from the sale when Parmelee realized that it was a Large Date, and therefore not a duplicate.

4. MS65 or finer. Harlan Page Smith - Chapman Brothers 5/1906:218 - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:387.

5. MS65 PCGS. Col. E.H.R. Green - King Farouk - Sotheby's 2/1954), part of lot 244 - Dr. Clifford Smith - Stack's, 5/1955:1691 - Stack's 2/1976:2945 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:820. This piece may have belonged to Waldo C. Newcomer and William H. Woodin, as suggested in the 1960s Breen monograph.

6. MS63. William Cutler Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:1646 - Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. Collection - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The early provenance to Atwater is tentative but convincing.

7. VF, Damaged. Coen & Messer (New York) - Edwin Shapiro - Federal Brand Enterprises 8/1964:2863 - Paramount 11/1966 - Kagin's - Mid-American 1/1986:2029 - Heritage 7/1997:5203. The obverse photo in the 1986 Mid-American catalog and the 1997 ANA catalog match, showing exactly the same coin. However, the reverse photos are dissimilar, suggesting two different coins.

Diameter: 25.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot & John Reich Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 25,375 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 7 R-9.6 4 / 22 TIE 6 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 22 TIE 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 22 TIE 1 / 42 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Mougrey - William Woodin - Waldo Newcomer (inv cost $750) - Col. E.H.R. Green - King Farouk of Egypt - Sotheby's “Palace Collection” 2/1954, part of lot 244 - Dr. Clifford Smith Collection - Stack's 5/1955:1691 $11,000 - Stack's “1976 ANA Sale” 10/1976:2945, $65,000 - Harry Bass - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:820 (as PCGS MS65), $241,500

2 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade