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

1829 $5 Large Size (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
8139
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
25,375
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$241,500 • PCGS MS65 • 10-1-1999 • Bowers & Merena
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225,000
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500,000
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66+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 7 R-9.6 4 / 22 TIE 6 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 22 TIE 7 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 22 TIE 1 / 42 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906:218, $240 - J.M Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:387, $82,500 - Marvin Browder Collection - RARCOA, sold privately in 9/1987 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4036, $763,750

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Peter Mougey Collection - William Woodin Collection - Waldo Newcomer Collection (inv cost $750) - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - King Farouk (of Egypt) Collection - Sotheby's “Palace Collection” 2/1954, part of lot 244 - Dr. Clifford Smith Collection - Stack's 5/1955:1691 $11,000 - Stack's “1976 ANA Sale” 10/1976:2945, $65,000 - Harry Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:820 (as PCGS MS65), $241,500

2 MS65 estimated grade  

William C. Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:1646 - Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. Collection - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

4 MS64 estimated grade  

George Seavey Collection - William Strobridge 6/1873:490 (this sale was cancelled because Lorin G. Parmelee purchased the entire Seavey Collection before the sale took place) - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:988 - Byron Reed Collection - Omaha City Library/Western Heritage Museum.

According to Heritage: "Probably ex: W.E. Woodward (Sixth Semi-Annual Sale, 3/1865), lot 2780; William Strobridge...Heritage numismatist David Stone believes that this coin, offered as a duplicate from the Parmelee Collection, was withdrawn from the sale when Parmelee realized that it was a Large Date, and therefore not a duplicate."

5 VG08 estimated grade  

Coen & Messer (New York) - Edwin Shapiro - Federal Brand Enterprises 8/1964:2863 - Paramount 11/1966 - Kagin's - Mid-American 1/1986:2029 - Heritage 7/1997:5203. According to Heritage: "The obverse photo in the 1986 Mid-American catalog and the 1997 ANA catalog match, showing exactly the same coin. However, the reverse photos are dissimilar, suggesting two different coins"

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906:218, $240 - J.M Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:387, $82,500 - Marvin Browder Collection - RARCOA, sold privately in 9/1987 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4036, $763,750

2 MS65 estimated grade  

Peter Mougey Collection - William Woodin Collection - Waldo Newcomer Collection (inv cost $750) - Col. E.H.R. Green Collection - King Farouk (of Egypt) Collection - Sotheby's “Palace Collection” 2/1954, part of lot 244 - Dr. Clifford Smith Collection - Stack's 5/1955:1691 $11,000 - Stack's “1976 ANA Sale” 10/1976:2945, $65,000 - Harry Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:820 (as PCGS MS65), $241,500

2 MS65 estimated grade  

William C. Atwater Collection - B. Max Mehl 6/1946:1646 - Josiah K. Lilly, Jr. Collection - National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

4 MS64 estimated grade  

George Seavey Collection - William Strobridge 6/1873:490 (this sale was cancelled because Lorin G. Parmelee purchased the entire Seavey Collection before the sale took place) - Lorin G. Parmelee Collection - New York Coin & Stamp 6/1890:988 - Byron Reed Collection - Omaha City Library/Western Heritage Museum.

According to Heritage: "Probably ex: W.E. Woodward (Sixth Semi-Annual Sale, 3/1865), lot 2780; William Strobridge...Heritage numismatist David Stone believes that this coin, offered as a duplicate from the Parmelee Collection, was withdrawn from the sale when Parmelee realized that it was a Large Date, and therefore not a duplicate."

5 VG08 estimated grade  

Coen & Messer (New York) - Edwin Shapiro - Federal Brand Enterprises 8/1964:2863 - Paramount 11/1966 - Kagin's - Mid-American 1/1986:2029 - Heritage 7/1997:5203. According to Heritage: "The obverse photo in the 1986 Mid-American catalog and the 1997 ANA catalog match, showing exactly the same coin. However, the reverse photos are dissimilar, suggesting two different coins"

Ron Guth: 1829 Large Size Half Eagles are exceedingly rare, with only seven examples known: one Proof, a one-sided Proof, and five circulation strikes.  All of the circulation strikes are of Mint State quality except for a low-grade example that was once in jewelry.  For a complete roster of the known circulation strikes, see above.  For the Proofs, click here.


David Akers (1975/88): This date is the third rarest of the type, surpassed in rarity only by the 1825/4 (two known) and 1822 (three known). There are only 7-8 1829 Large Planchet Half Eagles, all but one of them being gem uncirculated. The lone non-unc is one that has appeared at auction as Fine and VG. It has been used in jewelry and details on the reverse have been re-engraved. The EF listing in the Farouk Sale can be disregarded because the coin is the same coin that later appeared in the Clifford Smith Sale and brought $11,000 and then it sold at the 1976 ANA Sale for $65,000 to Harry Bass.