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SERIES: Capped Bust $5 1807-1834
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1807 $5 Bust Left (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8101
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
51,605
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$121,000 • PCGS MS67 • 11-1-1999 • Sotheby's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 675 R-5.6 10 / 11 TIE 41 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 325 R-6.3 10 / 11 TIE 40 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 17 R-9.2 9 / 11 35 / 42
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

John and Rebecca Moores Collection - Sotheby’s 11/1999:78, $121,000 - John Dannreuther and Kenneth Goldman - Superior 2/2002:2361, $115,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3132, $282,000

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Harlan Page Smith Collection, purchased before 1902 -  S.H. & Henry Chapman 5/1906:195 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2367 - Lester Merkin 4/1970:719 - Stack’s 10/1988:7474 - David Akers - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3133, $199,750 - “High Desert” Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1091, $80,500

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5419, $64,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:3515, $97,750 - Heritage 7/2007:2489, $103,500

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

John and Rebecca Moores Collection - Sotheby’s 11/1999:78, $121,000 - John Dannreuther and Kenneth Goldman - Superior 2/2002:2361, $115,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3132, $282,000

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Harlan Page Smith Collection, purchased before 1902 -  S.H. & Henry Chapman 5/1906:195 - George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2367 - Lester Merkin 4/1970:719 - Stack’s 10/1988:7474 - David Akers - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:3133, $199,750 - “High Desert” Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1091, $80,500

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5419, $64,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:3515, $97,750 - Heritage 7/2007:2489, $103,500

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
9 MS64+ PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: In terms of the number of coins certified at PCGS, the 1807 Bust Left Half Eagle is the third most common of the type (after the 1813 and the combined 1810's).  With such a large population, Mint State examples are plentiful -- mostly in the MS62 to MS63 range.  MS65 and better examples are extremely rare, but this is where the 1807 shines.  It is the only date in the entire series with examples at BOTH the MS67 and MS67+ levels.  Not surprisingly, both of those superb coins came out of the D. Brent Pogue Collection.  

The entire mintage of the 1807 Bust Left Half Eagle is comprised of only two different die varieties: BD-7, which is very rare, and BD-8, which is common.


David Akers (1975/88): Although popular as a type coin, the 1807 Half Eagle designed by John Reich is relatively common and is seen rather frequently in choice uncirculated condition. Most specimens are very sharply struck. Along with the 1809/8, 1810 Large Date, Large 5, and 1812, this is the most common date of the type.