Coins Certified as of 1/23

My Coin #-51147

1859 $5 PR64

PCGS#: 8449

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Kern; Mehl Golden Jubilee Sale (1950) Sold by David Akers Numsimatics, Oct '97.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Approximately a dozen Proof 1859 Half Eagles are known, suggesting that the reported mintage of 80 examples is far to high (it might be approrpiate for silver coins, but certainly not for the gold).  Most of the known survivors are Cameo or Deep Cameo; it may be that no non-Cameos exist. Three of the known exmples are locked up in institutional collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the American Numismatic Society, and the Royal Mint (London) Collection.  The record price for this issue was set in 2015 with the sale of the Eliasberg-Trompeter for $164,500.

David Akers (1975/88): Possibly as many as seven or eight proofs are known including two superb gems in the Royal London Mint Collection that have not been generally accounted for.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 80 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 8 R-9.6 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 18 TIE 1 / 60 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR58 PCGS grade  
2 PR53 estimated grade