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SERIES: Capped Bust $5 1820-1833
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1821 $5 (Proof)

PCGS #:
8142
Diameter:
25.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$198,000 • PR63 • 10-1-1987 • Bowers & Merena
 
65
1,000,000
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 2 R-9.9 4 / 5 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 4 / 5 TIE 5 / 8 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 4 / 5 TIE 6 / 8 TIE
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 estimated grade  

J. Colvin Randall - W.E. Woodward 6/1885:927 - William H. Woodin Collection - 1914 ANS Exhibition, plate 15) - Waldo Newcomer (inv cost $350) - Col. E.H.R. Green, B.G. Johnson - King Farouk of Egypt - Sotheby's “Palace Collection” 2/1954:237 - Norweb Collection Sale - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:773, $198,000 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection

1 PR65 estimated grade   Smithsonian
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR65 estimated grade  

J. Colvin Randall - W.E. Woodward 6/1885:927 - William H. Woodin Collection - 1914 ANS Exhibition, plate 15) - Waldo Newcomer (inv cost $350) - Col. E.H.R. Green, B.G. Johnson - King Farouk of Egypt - Sotheby's “Palace Collection” 2/1954:237 - Norweb Collection Sale - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:773, $198,000 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection

1 PR65 estimated grade   Smithsonian

David Hall: There are but two known proofs and both are what are known as "one-sided" proofs. One coin is in the Smithsonian. The other coin is in the Harry Bass collection. The Bass coin has an illustrious pedigree. Previous owners included William Woodin, Waldo Newcomer, Colonel Green, King Farouk, and the Norwebs...collecting super stars all. Harry Bass purchased his coin in the October, 1987 Norweb auction for $198,000. In the Norweb catalog, the coin was described as "PR63" but a more appropriate grade is probably PR65. The Smithsonian coin is also a gem.