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SERIES: Draped Bust $5 1795-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1803/2 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

OVERDATE DETAIL

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8084
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
33,506
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$126,500 • PCGS MS65 • 1-1-2007 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 550 R-5.9 16 / 18 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 18 19 / 23
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 11 / 18 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Michael Kolman Sr. (Federal Brand Enterprises), sold privately in 1953 - Andrew Sydlak Collection - Richard Burdick, Anthony Terranova, and Bruce Amspacher, sold privately - David Akers, sold privately in 1/1989 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2083, $440,625

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3502, $126,500

3 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Michael Kolman Sr. (Federal Brand Enterprises), sold privately in 1953 - Andrew Sydlak Collection - Richard Burdick, Anthony Terranova, and Bruce Amspacher, sold privately - David Akers, sold privately in 1/1989 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 9/2015:2083, $440,625

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Essex Palm Collection - Heritage 1/2007:3502, $126,500

3 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1803/2 Half Eagle is represented by over one hundred Mint State examples, most of which grade MS62 and MS63.  Over a dozen "choice" MS64 examples are known, but Gem examples are exceedingly rare.  The finest are two MS66s, neither of which has appeared at auction in a PCGS holder.  The price record is held by an old-holdered PCGS MS65 that sold for $126,500 in 2007. 

Four different die varieties qualify as the 1803/2 overdate: BD-1, BD-2, BD-3, and BD-4.  The first three varieties share the same obverse; the BD-4 variety has a slightly stronger overdate, though all four varieties show a clear 3/2 overdate.


David Akers (1975/88): Along with the 1806 Round Top 6, this date is one of the two most common dates of the type. It is available in all grades up to choice uncirculated. Despite their relative availability, however, choice specimens are very costly today because of the great popularity of U.S. gold coins, particularly early ones, in choice condition. The strike on a typical 1803/2 is comparable to that of the 1802/1, that is, softer than usually encountered on the 1800 or 1804, the two most often well struck dates of the type. Proof-like surfaces are not unusual.