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

1831 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
8153
Diameter:
23.80 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot & John Reich
Weight:
8.75 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
140,594
Metal Content:
91.7% Gold, 8.3% Copper
Auction Record:
$152,750 • PCGS MS62 • 1-28-2014 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 22 R-9.0 3 / 9 TIE 14 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 9 R-9.6 3 / 9 14 / 42
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 7 / 9 TIE 19 / 42 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade grade  
6 MS62 PCGS grade

Abner Kreisberg in the 1970s - Del Valle Collection - Goldbergs 1/2014:1781, $152,750

7 MS61 PCGS grade
7 MS61 estimated grade  
9 AU58 PCGS grade  
9 AU58 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1831 also has the Large 5D and Small 5D varieties, just like the 1830. However, for some reason the varieties have not usually been distinguished by auction cataloguers or the standard pricing guides. As a date, the 1831 is definitely more rare than either the 1830 or 1834, and if the 1831 were broken down into its Large 5D and Small 5D varieties as the 1830 and 1834 are broken into their two varieties, the 1831 would appear to be even more rare than it does now. The relative rarity of the two varieties of the 1831 is exactly reversed from the 1830. With the 1831, the Small 5D is much more rare than the Large 5D. Almost all 1831 Half Eagles I have seen were the Large 5D variety and I would say that the Small 5D variety is 3-4 times as rare as the Large 5D variety and also more rare than the 1830 Large 5D, the 1834 Crosslet 4, or even the 1832 Square Base 2, 13 Stars.