1815 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust $5 1807-1834

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8118
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Weight:
8.75 grams
Mintage:
635
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 13 R-9.4 6 / 22 TIE 9 / 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 13
60 or Better 5
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.4
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 22 TIE
60 or Better 4 / 22 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 22 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 9 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 42 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Likely from the Guttag Brothers, by sale, late 1925 (per the Pogue catalog) - Virgil Brand Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - J.F. Bell (per an invoice to Bell dated 11/15/1945) - Hollinbeck Coin Company FPL 28 (1946) - Hollinbeck Coin Company 12/1951:1819 - Charles E. Green - Ruth Green (ad in the 4/1952 issue of The Numismatist) - H.P. Graves Collection Collection - Stack’s 4/1954:1447 - Dr. Clifford Smith Collection - Stack’s 5/1955:1680 - George O. Walton Estate - Stack’s 8/1976:2935 - Stanley Kesselman - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Paramount Naftzger FPL, 1981, sold privately in 2/1982 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3149, $822,500

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

Mendes I. Cohen Collection - Edward Cogan 10/1875:138 - Heman Ely - Woodward 1/1884:830, not sold - W. Elliot Woodward inventory - Harold P. Newlin Collection - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:460, $150,000 - Paramount “Auction '84” 7/1984:901 - Deb-Ann Collection - Heritage 1/2009:4062, $460,000

3 MS60 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

4 AU58 PCGS grade
4 AU58 estimated grade

Superior 7/1993:885 - Dr. Richard Ariagno Collection - Goldbergs 5/1999:718, $165,000 - Dr. Jon Kardatzke Collection - Goldbergs 6/2000:1306

6 AU50 estimated grade
7 XF45 estimated grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Likely from the Guttag Brothers, by sale, late 1925 (per the Pogue catalog) - Virgil Brand Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - J.F. Bell (per an invoice to Bell dated 11/15/1945) - Hollinbeck Coin Company FPL 28 (1946) - Hollinbeck Coin Company 12/1951:1819 - Charles E. Green - Ruth Green (ad in the 4/1952 issue of The Numismatist) - H.P. Graves Collection Collection - Stack’s 4/1954:1447 - Dr. Clifford Smith Collection - Stack’s 5/1955:1680 - George O. Walton Estate - Stack’s 8/1976:2935 - Stanley Kesselman - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Paramount Naftzger FPL, 1981, sold privately in 2/1982 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers 2/2016:3149, $822,500

 
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Mendes I. Cohen Collection - Edward Cogan 10/1875:138 - Heman Ely - Woodward 1/1884:830, not sold - W. Elliot Woodward inventory - Harold P. Newlin Collection - T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:460, $150,000 - Paramount “Auction '84” 7/1984:901 - Deb-Ann Collection - Heritage 1/2009:4062, $460,000

#3 MS60 estimated grade

National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

#4 AU58 PCGS grade
#4 AU58 estimated grade

Superior 7/1993:885 - Dr. Richard Ariagno Collection - Goldbergs 5/1999:718, $165,000 - Dr. Jon Kardatzke Collection - Goldbergs 6/2000:1306

#6 AU50 estimated grade
#7 XF45 estimated grade
David Akers (1975/88): Without question, the 1815 Half Eagle is one of the most famous and desirable of all U.S. coins. A few other coins, even of this type, may be more rare, but with the exception of the 1822 Half Eagle, it is unlikely that any other U.S. gold coin is more desirable. As far back as the late 19th Century the 1815 was highly regarded as a rarity. For example, in the famous Parmelee Sale of 1890, the 1815 Half Eagle brought $235 compared to the $42 for the 1819, $44 for the 1827, $49 for the 1828 and $52 for the 1829 Large Planchet. (The 1822 brought $900 in that monumental sale.) Although it certainly is extremely rare, the 1815 is actually not quite as rare as many people think. An estimated 12-13 speccimens are known and all of them are at least AU, most of them Unc. However, most are impounded in museums or "permanent" collections and so very few are even potentially available to collectors. Only one has sold at auction in more than 20 years, the specimen in the 1976 ANA sale (Ex Clifford Smith, Davis/Graves) that sold to Stanley Kesselman for $75,000.
Ron Guth:

Varieties (1): Only one combination of dies is known for this year