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

1808 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8102
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
55,578
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$138,000 • PCGS MS65 • 8-11-2011 • 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 375 R-6.2 8 / 11 38 / 42
60 or Better 137 R-7.6 7 / 11 36 / 42
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 2 / 11 TIE 19 / 42 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2011:7529, $138,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Bartle Collection - Stack's 10/1984:1112 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:789 - Goldbergs 10/2000:888 - Bowers & Merena “Wayne Rich Collection” 3/2002:222 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/1005:1011 - Heritage 8/2007:1901 - Harvey B. Jacobson, Jr. Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4663 - Heritage 8/2012:5354, $38,188 - Heritage 1/2013:5871, $35,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2011:7529, $138,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Bartle Collection - Stack's 10/1984:1112 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:789 - Goldbergs 10/2000:888 - Bowers & Merena “Wayne Rich Collection” 3/2002:222 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/1005:1011 - Heritage 8/2007:1901 - Harvey B. Jacobson, Jr. Collection - Heritage 1/2012:4663 - Heritage 8/2012:5354, $38,188 - Heritage 1/2013:5871, $35,250

4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1808 is far more common than the overdate in all conditions and undoubtedly at least 75% of the recorded mintage was made up of normal date coins. Although not particularly rare as a date, in my experience the 1808 is very difficult to obtain in choice mint state. Certainly it is much more rare in uncirculated condition than the 1807, 1809/8, 1810 Large Date, Large 5 or 1812.