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SERIES: Classic Head $5 1834-1838
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1834 $5 Classic, Plain 4 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

OBVERSE COMPARISON

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8171
Diameter:
22.50 millimeters
Designer:
William Kneass
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
657,460
Metal Content:
89.9% Gold, 10.1% Copper
Auction Record:
$126,500 • NGC MS66 • 3-1-2007 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,750 R-4.7 8 / 8 8 / 8
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 8 / 8 8 / 8
65 or Better 7 R-9.6 4 / 8 TIE 4 / 8 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
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3 MS65 estimated grade  

Stack’s 3/2007:1563, $126,500

7 MS64+ PCGS grade

Trzaska Collection - Heritage 4/2013:4518, $21,150

7 MS64+ PCGS grade
7 MS64+ PCGS grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): By 1834, the price of gold had risen to the point where the value of gold in a Half Eagle exceeded the face value. As a result, in 1834 the specifications were changed and the size reduced. William Kneass created this new Classic Head design but it lasted for only five years. The 1834 No Motto, Plain 4 is by far the commonest Half Eagle to this point. It is available in all grades up to and including choice uncirculated. The head of Miss Liberty comes in two different sizes, but the differences are relatively minor. Most specimens I have seen show some weakness in the hair curls around Liberty's face.