1797 $5 Small Eagle, 15 Stars (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust $5 1795-1807

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

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PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
8069
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Weight:
8.75 grams
Mintage:
2,552
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 20 R-9.1 2 / 5 4 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 5 1 / 23
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 5 1 / 23
Survival Estimate
All Grades 20
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.1
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 5
60 or Better 1 / 5
65 or Better 1 / 5
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 23
65 or Better 1 / 23

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Jacob Shapiro Collection - Numismatic Gallery 3/1948:288, not sold - Jacob Shapiro Collection - RARCOA 4/1963:568 - R.L. Miles Collection - Stack's 10/1968:325 - Ed Milas Collection - RARCOA, sold privately in 3/1986 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 estimated grade AU55 estimated grade

Heritage 8/2010:3471, $218,500

5 AU53 estimated grade
6 AU50 PCGS grade
6 AU50 estimated grade
7 XF45 estimated grade
#1 MS61 PCGS grade

Jacob Shapiro Collection - Numismatic Gallery 3/1948:288, not sold - Jacob Shapiro Collection - RARCOA 4/1963:568 - R.L. Miles Collection - Stack's 10/1968:325 - Ed Milas Collection - RARCOA, sold privately in 3/1986 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 PCGS grade
AU55 estimated grade #3 AU55 estimated grade

Heritage 8/2010:3471, $218,500

#5 AU53 estimated grade
#6 AU50 PCGS grade
#6 AU50 estimated grade
#7 XF45 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88):

Chronologically, it is probable that this is the first of the 1797 Half Eagles, preceeding the 1797 16 Stars, Small Eagle, Heraldic Eagle, the 1797/5 and even the 1795 Heraldic Eagle. Like all 1797's, this is of extreme rarity in any condition with probably fewer than 20 pieces in existence. Somewhat more rare than the 16 Stars, Small Eagle variety in all grades, it is considerably more difficult to obtain better than EF. Most available specimens are only VF or EF and only 2-3 true uncs exist. Only two low grade specimens have been offered at auction in the past decade.