1804 $5 Small 8 over Large 8 (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust $5 1795-1807

PCGS MS64

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

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PCGS #:
8086
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Weight:
8.75 grams
Mintage:
30,475
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
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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 175 R-7.2 9 / 18 TIE 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 9 / 18 12 / 23
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 4 / 18 TIE 4 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 175
60 or Better 75
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.2
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 18
65 or Better 4 / 18 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 23
65 or Better 4 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

James A. Stack, Sr. Collection - James A. Stack, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/1994:1043 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2004:91 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade PCGS #8086 (MS)     63
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade
9 MS62 PCGS grade PCGS #8086 (MS)     62
9 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

James A. Stack, Sr. Collection - James A. Stack, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/1994:1043 - Oliver Jung Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2004:91 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

#1 MS64 PCGS grade
PCGS #8086 (MS)     63 #3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 estimated grade
PCGS #8086 (MS)     62 #9 MS62 PCGS grade
MS62 PCGS grade #9 MS62 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

This is a very interesting major variety that can easily be seen with the naked eye. The 180 of the date was originally punched with the punches intended for Eagles and the error was corrected by repunching using the correct size numerals. As a variety, this is similar in overall rarity to the 1804 Small 8 and more scarce than the other 19th Century Half Eagles of this type with the exception of the 1806 Pointed 6. This variety is available in all grades up to and including choice uncirculated. However, choice specimens bring high prices today due to the popularity of early U.S. gold coins in choice condition.

Ron Guth:

The 1804 Small 8 over Large 8 is an interesting "eyeball" variety that shows a dramatic double punching of the 8 of the date, first with a large, oversized 8, followed by a smaller 8. The reason for the overpunching is unknown, but it may have been done to correct the visual imbalance created by the use of the large 8. In most overpunchings, the engraver relies on the fact that much of the original digit is either effaced by the second digit, or the traces can be removed later by polishing. In this case, the size difference between the two digits is so significant that the smaller 8 had no chance of covering the large 8. Either no attempt was made to polish off the underlying 8 or it was ineffective.

The 1804 Small 8 over Large 8 Half Eagle is not particularly rare, and a fair number of About Uncirculated examples exist to satisfy collector demand. The PCGS Condition Census includes grades ranging from MS-62 to MS-64, where PCGS has certified two examples as finest of the variety.