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

1837 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8175
Diameter:
22.50 millimeters
Designer:
William Kneass
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
207,121
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$235,000 • PCGS MS66+ • 5-24-2016 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 350 R-6.3 4 / 8 4 / 8
60 or Better 65 R-8.3 4 / 8 4 / 8
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 3 / 8 3 / 8
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ’85” 7/1985:438 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:860, $97,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4054, $235,000

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2010:2253, $100,625

3 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS64+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

RARCOA “Auction ’85” 7/1985:438 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:860, $97,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2016:4054, $235,000

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2010:2253, $100,625

3 MS65 estimated grade  
5 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:1373, not sold

6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
6 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The 1837 is really a very scarce and underrated date. It is more rare in all grades than the 1834 Plain 4, 1835, 1836, or 1838 and is much rarer in choice condition than any of those four dates. In AU and Unc, it has actually appeared at auction less often than the 1838-D, although, in my experience, the 1838-D is more rare in those grades.