Capped Bust $5

Obverse of 1807 Capped Bust $5
Reverse of 1807 Capped Bust $5

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Q. David Bowers (derived from the PCGS Coin Guide): Part way through 1807 the motif was replaced by the Capped Draped Bust to Left style (1807-1812) and then the Capped Head to Left design (1813-1834, with a change in diameter in 1829).

While all early half eagles are scarce, the era of the 1820s in particular contains several notable rarities. The aforementioned 1822 is the most famous, but all other issues are elusive as well. Mintage quantities were fairly substantial, amounting to the tens of thousands of pieces, but nearly all were melted or exported.