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

1805 Half Eagle

1804 Half Eagle
1805 Half Eagle
PCGS No: 8088
Mintage:  
Circulation strikes: 33,183
Proofs: 0
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:
In 1805, the mintage figures given for Wide Date, Imperfect 1 and Close Date, Perfect 1 are conjectural but fit the relative scarcity of these types. The former, [8,083], comprises the six deliveries of March 12-June 13; the latter, [25,100], the six de¬liveries of Sept. 11-Dec. 21. We know that the Perfect 1 came into use to replace the broken punch of 1800-5.

Auction Appearances and Collateral Evidence:
The 1805 half eagle is a relatively common coin that can be found with ease in circulated grades up to and including choice About Uncirculated. Numerous Mint State examples exist, usually in the MS-62 and MS-63 grades. Gem examples are extremely rare; only three MS-65 coins have been graded by PCGS and NGC, and there have been none graded finer. This issue has appeared at auction more than 120 times since 1995, and the record for this date was set in 2005, when a PCGS MS-65 sold for $94,300; this was the first MS-65 coin to appear at auction in the past decade.


Number of Appearances: 122 (36%)

(43) Unc: Superior 6/78; B&R 2/77; Stack's 2/77; New England 11/75; Paramount 8/75; AAA 1/75; Beck 1975 (2); Superior 2/74; AAA 11/73, 5/72; ANA 1971; Stack's 5/71; DiBello 1970 (2); Kosoff 2/70; Merkin 3/69; Miles 1968; Kreisberg 4/67; ANA 1966; Kosoff 10 65; Pierce 1965; ANA 1963; Fed. Brand 1963; Wolfson 1962; Golden 1962; Melish 1956(3); Davis/Graves 1954; Menjou 1950 (2); Kern 1950; MC 1948; Lee 1947; Atwater 1946; WGC 1946 (2); Hall 1945; Flanagan 1944; Roach 1944 (2); Ten Eyck 1922

(29) AU: Ivy II 78; Kagm's 9 78; Stack's 9 78; ANA 1978; RARCOA 8/78; Paramount 11/77; Kagm's 10/77; B&R 10/77; Paramount 4/77; Ivy 12/76(2); Pine Tree 6/75; Stack's 4/30/75; Superior 2175; Scanlon 1973; Stack's 6/73. 3/73; Para¬mount 2/73; Merkin 2/72; Alto 1970; Stack's 2/70 (2); Merkin 10/69, 9/68; Shuford 1968; Kreisberg 4/67; Stack's 10/66; Bolt 1966; Dunham 1941

(25) EF: Stack's 4/77; Beck 1976; Stack's 9/74; Ullmer 1974; Stack's 2,72; Shapero 1971; Kreisberg 9/71, 11/70, 6/70; Stack's 12/69; Merkin 9/67 (3); Stack's 6/66; Kosoff 10/65; Ward 1964; Delta 1961; Holmes 1960; Melish 1956 (2); Baldenhofer 1955; Smith 1955; Farouk 1954; Bell 1944; Jenks 1921

(18) VF: Kreisberg/Cohen 10/78; Superior 10/78; RARCOA 8/78; Beck 2/77; Pine Tree 3/76, 2/75; Pine Tree (GENA) 1974; Stack's 3/74; Superior 2/74; AAA 11/73; Gilhousen 1973; Stack's 9/72; RARCOA 2/72; Golden 1963; Cicero 1960; Smith 1955; Menjou 1950; Higgy 1943

(6) Fine: RARCOA 5/73; Superior 12/72; Stack's 2/70, 4/67; ANA 1964; Roach 1944

(1) VG: Superior 12/72

Comments:
As a date, the 1804 is no more scarce than any of the other 1800-1807 Heraldic Eagle Half Eagles. However, when broken into the two major varieties listed in this book, each is somewhat more scarce than the other Half Eagles of this period with the exception of the 1806 Pointed 6. The 1804 Small 8 is obtainable in all grades and gems are encountered with some regularity. One major subvariety (pictured) has the 4 in the date distinctly repunched. It is prominent enough that most cataloguers call attention to it but, although it is more rare than the normal date Small 8 variety, it does not command a premium price.

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




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