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TURBAN HEAD FIVE DOLLARS OR HALF EAGLE (1795-1807)
EAGLE AND SHIELD ON REVERSE (1797-1807)

1800 Half Eagle

1800 Half Eagle
1800 Half Eagle
PCGS No: 8082
Mintage:  
Circulation strikes: 37,628
Proofs: 2
Designer: Robert Scot
Diameter: ±25 millimeters
Metal content: Gold - 91.7%
Silver and Copper - 8.3%
Weight: ±135 grains (8.748 grams)
Edge: Reeded
Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia mint)

 

Introduction:
Except for the 1800 with M corrected from a much larger M (probably that from the font used for eagles or silver dollars), vars. of 1800-3 are mostly minor, with the peculiarity that each obv. outlasted many minutely differing revs. The mintage figure for 1800 includes [26,006] minted in 1801 from dies of 1800. As long ago as 1860, Dr. Dickeson reported seeing half eagles dated 1801, and collectors long hunted them in vain. To date all six "1801" coins met with have proved to be forgeries, made by removing the 2 from 1802/1.

Auction Appearances and Collateral Evidence:
According to auction records of the past decade, this is one of the most common dates of the type, just edging out dates such as 1802 and 1803. Circulated examples are relatively easy to locate up to AU-58. Even Mint State examples are somewhat plentiful, making this one of the most affordable early U.S. gold coins in top condition. Several MS-64 examples have been certified, but none have reached a higher certification. Out of the nearly 200 auction appearances since 1994, only two MS-64 coins have sold at auction. In 2005, a raw gem sold for $241,500, greatly exceeding the previous price record. The reports of Proof examples of this date appear to have been wishful thinking.


Number of Appearances: 177 (53%)

(2) Proof: Kern 1950; Roach 1944

(42) Unc: Stack's 12/78; Kreisberg/Cohen 10/78; B&R 10/77; AAA 5/76; New England 11/75; ANA 1975; Pine Tree 6/75; Beck 1975(2); Stack's 11,/12/74; Scanlon 1973; Stack's 5 72; Shapero 1971; Kreisberg 9/71, 11/70; Merkin 4/70, 3/69; Stack's 3/69; Miles 1968; Shuford 1968; Kosoff 2/68; Jay 1967; Stack's 6/67, 10/65; ANA 1965; Pierce 1965; ANA 1963; Fed. Brand 1963; ANA 1959; Melish 1956; Baldenhofer 1955; Menjou 1950 (2); MC 1948; Lee 1947; WGC 1946 (2); Hall 1945; Bell 1944; Flanagan 1944; Roach 1944; Dunham 1941

(39) AU: New England 11/78; Kagin's 9/78; Pine Tree 6/78; Superior 2/78; ANA 1977; Ivy 12/76; Beck 1976; ANA 1975; Pine Tree 6/75, 2/75; Beck 1975; Paramount 5/74; Kreisberg/Cohen 9/73; Stack's 6/73; RARCOA 5/73; Stack's 3/73; RARCOA 2/72; Stack's 12/71; Kreisberg 9/71; ANA 1971; Stack's 5/71, 2/70, 9/68; Kreisberg 10/66; Bolt 1966; Kreisberg 11/65; Kosoff 10/65; Kreisberg 6/65; ANA 1964; Bell 1963; Golden 1963; Wolfson 1962; Holmes 1960; ANA 1956; Melish 1956; Baldenhofer 1955 (2); Davis/ Graves 1954; Ten Eyck 1922

(54) EF: Stack's 2/79; Kreisberg/Cohen 10/78; RARCOA 8/78: Kagin's 7/78; New England 5 78; B&R 10 77; Stack's 9 77; Superior 6'77; Kreisberg/Cohen 2/77 (2); Beck 2/77 (4); ANA 1976; Stack's 11 • 76; Jess Peters4 76; Beck 1976; AAA 12/75; Pine Tree (GENA) 1975; ANA 1975; Stack's 9/74; Pine Tree 3/74; RARCOA 5/73; Stack's 9/72; ANA 1972; Stack's 2/72, 2/71; Alto 1970; Stack's 10/70; Kreisberg 6/69, 11/68,6/68; Stack's 6 68; Kosoff 2 68; Paramount 11/67; Kreisberg 9/67, 4/67; Paramount 4/67; Stack's 12/66, 10/66; Paramount 10 65: Pierce 1965; Paramount 4 65. 2 65; Ward 1964; Fed. Brand 1963; Golden 1962: Delta 1961; Cicero 1960; Holmes 1960; Melish 1956; Atwater 1946; Higgy

(34) VF: RARCOA 8/78; New England 7/78; Stack's 9/77; NASCA 12/76; AAA 2/76; Pine Tree (GENA) 1975; Superior 6/75; Stack's 2/75; Gilhousen 1973; Superior 12/72 (2); Merkin 2/72; Kreisberg 11/70; Paramount 11/70, Stack's 9/70; Kosoff 2/70 (2); Stack's 2/70 (2): Merkin 10/69; Paramount 2/67 10/66, 5/66, 3/66, 2/65; Walton 1963; Golden 1962; Holmes 1960; Melish 1956 (2); Smith 1955; Davis/Graves 1954; Neil 1947; Jenks 1921

(4) Fine: B&R 6/77; Beck 1976; Stack's 2/71; Olsen 1944

(2) VG: ANA 1968; Olsen 1944

Comments:
By early Half Eagle standards, the 1800 is fairly common and the date is reasonably available in all grades including choice uncirculated. Most specimens are relatively well struck. The two auction records for "proofs" are erroneous: no true proofs are known to exist.

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Courtesy Akers: United States Gold Coins - An Analysis of Auction Records




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