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

1821 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8129
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
34,631
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$540,500 • PCGS MS63+ • 1-28-2014 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 16 R-9.3 9 / 22 12 / 42
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 22 TIE 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 22 TIE 3 / 42 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS63+ PCGS grade

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection - Stack's 1/1984:659, $24,300 - Del Valle Collection - Stack's 1/2014:1777, $540,500

3 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:377, $28,600 - Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1104, $155,250

4 MS62 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS63+ PCGS grade

Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection - Stack's 1/1984:659, $24,300 - Del Valle Collection - Stack's 1/2014:1777, $540,500

3 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:377, $28,600 - Springdale Collection - Superior 5/2006:1104, $155,250

4 MS62 estimated grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 estimated grade  
8 AU55 PCGS grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade  
10 AU53 PCGS grade

David Akers (1975/88): The 1821 is one of the many rarities of this type. The number of auction appearances would seem to indicate that this date is just as rare as the more highly regarded 1824 and more rare than the 1826. In my opinion, however, the 1821 is not quite as rare as the 1824 although there are fewer 1821 Half Eagles known in choice uncirculated condition than there are 1824's. The 1821 is definitely more difficult to obtain , especially in Unc., than the 1826. Most known 1821's are fairly high grade. EF or AU being the typical grade, but true uncs are seldom seen. The number of 1821 Half Eagles in existence is probably on the order of 25-30 including two or three known proofs.