1821 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust $5 1807-1834

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS #:
8129
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Weight:
8.75 grams
Mintage:
34,631
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
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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 16 R-9.3 9 / 22 12 / 42
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 22 TIE 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 22 TIE 3 / 42 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 16
60 or Better 5
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.3
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 22
60 or Better 4 / 22 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 22 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 12 / 42
60 or Better 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 42 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS63+ PCGS grade MS63+ PCGS grade

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection - Stack's 1/1984:659, $24,300 - Del Valle Collection - Stack's 1/2014:1777, $540,500

3 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS62 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:377, $28,600 - Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1104, $155,250

4 MS62 estimated grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade PCGS #8129 (MS)     58
6 AU58 estimated grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade PCGS #8129 (MS)     55
8 AU55 PCGS grade
10 AU53 PCGS grade PCGS #8129 (MS)     53
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS63+ PCGS grade #2 MS63+ PCGS grade

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection - Stack's 1/1984:659, $24,300 - Del Valle Collection - Stack's 1/2014:1777, $540,500

#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#4 MS62 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:377, $28,600 - Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1104, $155,250

#4 MS62 estimated grade
PCGS #8129 (MS)     58 #6 AU58 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 estimated grade
PCGS #8129 (MS)     55 #8 AU55 PCGS grade
#8 AU55 PCGS grade
PCGS #8129 (MS)     53 #10 AU53 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

The 1821 is one of the many rarities of this type. The number of auction appearances would seem to indicate that this date is just as rare as the more highly regarded 1824 and more rare than the 1826. In my opinion, however, the 1821 is not quite as rare as the 1824 although there are fewer 1821 Half Eagles known in choice uncirculated condition than there are 1824's. The 1821 is definitely more difficult to obtain , especially in Unc., than the 1826. Most known 1821's are fairly high grade. EF or AU being the typical grade, but true uncs are seldom seen. The number of 1821 Half Eagles in existence is probably on the order of 25-30 including two or three known proofs.