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Obverse of 1810 Half Eagle, Small Date, Tall 5    Reverse of 1810 Half Eagle, Small Date, Tall 5



Variety Equivalents: Breen 6462

The 5 on this reverse is called "Tall" to differentiate it from the "Large" 5, which is thicker and less slender.

Breen noted that many, if not all, of this variety were struck after 1811-dated coins with this same reverse! 

This is the second-most common variety of 1810, and a wide range of grades are available to collectors.  The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

Significant examples:
Select Uncirculated (illustrated above).  The Rogers collection.

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 53, "Breen-2d, Miller 113", plated, sold for $21,275.00  Ex Mayflower's sale of May 20, 1965, lot 2104

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3690, sold for $20,700.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 320, "Breen-2D, Small Date, Tall 5"  From Paramount's session of Auction '80, August 1980, Lot 923

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1726, "Breen 2-C, Miller 112", plated, sold for $2,990.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service