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1834 $5 Classic, Plain 4 (Regular Strike)

Series: Classic Head $5 1834-1838

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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OBVERSE COMPARISON

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
8171
Designer:
William Kneass
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
22.50 millimeters
Weight:
8.24 grams
Mintage:
657,460
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
89.9% Gold, 10.1% 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 1,750 R-4.7 8 / 8 8 / 8
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 8 / 8 8 / 8
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 4 / 8 TIE 4 / 8 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,750
60 or Better 300
65 or Better 7
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-6.4
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 8 / 8
60 or Better 8 / 8
65 or Better 4 / 8 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 8 / 8
60 or Better 8 / 8
65 or Better 4 / 8 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Andrew Nugget, sold privately in 7/2000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection) - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4050, $111,625

1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:5649, $99,875

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3543, $63,250

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Hamburg-Sonoma Collection - Heritage 10/2006:2723, $43,125

4 MS65 estimated grade

Stack’s 3/2007:1563, $126,500

8 MS64+ PCGS grade

Trzaska Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4518, $21,150

8 MS64+ PCGS grade
8 MS64+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Andrew Nugget, sold privately in 7/2000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection) - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4050, $111,625

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS65+ PCGS grade
MS65 PCGS grade #4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2014:5649, $99,875

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:3543, $63,250

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Hamburg-Sonoma Collection - Heritage 10/2006:2723, $43,125

#4 MS65 estimated grade

Stack’s 3/2007:1563, $126,500

#8 MS64+ PCGS grade

Trzaska Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4518, $21,150

#8 MS64+ PCGS grade
#8 MS64+ PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): By 1834, the price of gold had risen to the point where the value of gold in a Half Eagle exceeded the face value. As a result, in 1834 the specifications were changed and the size reduced. William Kneass created this new Classic Head design but it lasted for only five years. The 1834 No Motto, Plain 4 is by far the commonest Half Eagle to this point. It is available in all grades up to and including choice uncirculated. The head of Miss Liberty comes in two different sizes, but the differences are relatively minor. Most specimens I have seen show some weakness in the hair curls around Liberty's face.