1827 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Capped Bust $5 1807-1834

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8136
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Weight:
8.75 grams
Mintage:
24,913
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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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 35 R-8.8 12 / 22 TIE 19 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 12 / 22 TIE 18 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 22 TIE 3 / 42 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 35
60 or Better 15
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 22 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 22 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 22 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 42 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) 1/1946:375 - J.F. Bell (Jacob Shapiro) Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) 3/1948:325 - Charles Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) “Adolphe Menjou Collection” 6/1950:1471; Federal Brand Enterprises 1/1963:4186 - Superior 9/1997:2930, $100,100 - David Akers, sold privately in 2/1998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 9/1997:2930, $100,100

2 MS65 estimated grade

Walter P. Innes Collection - J.C. Morghenthau 7/1937:31 - Floyd T. Starr Collection - Stack's 10/1992:1200 - Bowers & Merena 8/2006:4197, not sold - Goldbergs 2/2007:2268, not sold - Stack's 1/2008:921, $322,000

4 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's “Farish Baldenhofer” 11/1955:1244 - Stack's 5/1958:1234 - Bowers & Merena 3/1989:618 -  Superior “Thomas Chalkley” 1/1990:4605 - Michael Keston Collection - Superior 1/1996:117 - Heritage 8/1996:5763 - Superior “Wes Rasmussen” 2/1998:3400 - James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities “Oliver Jung” 7/2004:93 - Bowers & Merena 7/2006:1593 - Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5433, $141,000

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Joseph J. Mickley Collection, sold privately before 1867 - William Sumner Appleton Collection - W. Elliot Woodward, 1867 - John Schayer - W. Elliot Woodward, sold privately in 1/1883; T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:469 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Stanley Kesselman - Paramount’s fixed price list of the R.E. Naftzger, Jr. Collection of Early U.S. Half Eagles, 1981 - Paramount (David Akers), sold privately in 12/198 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Coronet Gold Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 10/2019:171, $135,125

5 MS64 estimated grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade

Matthew Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:669 - Virgil Brand Collection - J.C. Morgenthau 10/1933:221 - Samuel Wolfson Collection, Part I - Stack's 10/1962:370 - Paramount “Auction '82” 8/1982:1931 - Mid-American Rare Coins, sold privately in 1985 - Superior 1/1993:1357 - Heritage 4/2014:5732, $108,687.50

7 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS63 estimated grade

Heritage 4/2008:2436, $126,500

7 MS63 estimated grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) 1/1946:375 - J.F. Bell (Jacob Shapiro) Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) 3/1948:325 - Charles Williams Collection - Numismatic Gallery (Abe Kosoff and Abner Kreisberg) “Adolphe Menjou Collection” 6/1950:1471; Federal Brand Enterprises 1/1963:4186 - Superior 9/1997:2930, $100,100 - David Akers, sold privately in 2/1998 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 9/1997:2930, $100,100

#2 MS65 estimated grade

Walter P. Innes Collection - J.C. Morghenthau 7/1937:31 - Floyd T. Starr Collection - Stack's 10/1992:1200 - Bowers & Merena 8/2006:4197, not sold - Goldbergs 2/2007:2268, not sold - Stack's 1/2008:921, $322,000

MS64+ PCGS grade #4 MS64+ PCGS grade

Stack's “Farish Baldenhofer” 11/1955:1244 - Stack's 5/1958:1234 - Bowers & Merena 3/1989:618 -  Superior “Thomas Chalkley” 1/1990:4605 - Michael Keston Collection - Superior 1/1996:117 - Heritage 8/1996:5763 - Superior “Wes Rasmussen” 2/1998:3400 - James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities “Oliver Jung” 7/2004:93 - Bowers & Merena 7/2006:1593 - Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5433, $141,000

#5 MS64 PCGS grade

Joseph J. Mickley Collection, sold privately before 1867 - William Sumner Appleton Collection - W. Elliot Woodward, 1867 - John Schayer - W. Elliot Woodward, sold privately in 1/1883; T. Harrison Garrett Collection - Robert Garrett Collection - John Work Garrett Collection - Johns Hopkins University Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 11/1979:469 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Stanley Kesselman - Paramount’s fixed price list of the R.E. Naftzger, Jr. Collection of Early U.S. Half Eagles, 1981 - Paramount (David Akers), sold privately in 12/198 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Coronet Gold Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 10/2019:171, $135,125

#5 MS64 estimated grade
#7 MS63 PCGS grade

Matthew Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:669 - Virgil Brand Collection - J.C. Morgenthau 10/1933:221 - Samuel Wolfson Collection, Part I - Stack's 10/1962:370 - Paramount “Auction '82” 8/1982:1931 - Mid-American Rare Coins, sold privately in 1985 - Superior 1/1993:1357 - Heritage 4/2014:5732, $108,687.50

#7 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS63 estimated grade

Heritage 4/2008:2436, $126,500

#7 MS63 estimated grade
P. Scott Rubin: The 1827 Half Eagle is a very rare coin with estimated survival numbers from a low of 20 to a high of 45. It appears that the correct number maybe in the middle of these two extremes. One of the amazing aspects of this rare coin is that virtually all known specimens survive in Mint State condition. It is a fact that this year’s Half Eagle has been available at auction multiple times every decade since the 1860’s, showing that it was probably collector interest in this coin at an early date that fueled its survival in Mint State condition.

David Akers makes mention of Proofs existing of this coin, however, it appears that all purported Proofs are really Proof like Uncirculated coins (this includes the specimen in the Smithsonian collection).

It is interesting to note that the most extreme variation in condition for 1827 Half Eagles happened in the 19th century auctions of the coin. The coins graded at the time as Very Fine are in all probability specimens that are now graded About Uncirculated or MS-60 or MS-61 today. Also, those graded Proof are the Proof-like examples we see infrequently today.
David Akers (1975/88):

The 1827 is extremely rare and all but a few of the known specimens are uncirculated, some of them gem quality. The 1827 is more rare than the 1821, 1825/1 or 1826 and also somewhat more rare than the 1824. It is not quite as rare as the 1815, 1819, or either 1828 but nevertheless, I would estimate that at most 20 specimens exist including just two or three proofs. The EF listing in the Farouk catalogue is misleading and inaccurate since the cataloguers were (1) unfamiliar with grading early U.S. gold coins and (2) guilty of the worst cataloguing style in numismatic history (a book could be written on the subject). The coin is the same one that later appeared at the 1976 ANA Sale where it was more correctly catalogued as uncirculated.