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Obverse of 1828 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1828 Half Eagle

Normal Date

PCGS No: 8137

Variety equivalents: Breen 6488


Circulation strikes:
included in the reported mintage of 28,029 for the year
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Robert Scot & John Reich

Diameter: 25 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 91.7%
Silver and Copper - 8.3%

Weight: 135 grains (8.748 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia mint)

Images courtesy of Hanks & Associates

The finest 1828 Normal Date Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Known examples:
"Proof".  Smithsonian Institution

"Proof".  Norweb

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Paramount's "Davies-Niewoehner" Sale, February 15, 1975, Lot 561, sold for $92,500.00 - Auction '79, Lot 817, sold for $110,000.00 - The Pogue Family collection (this piece was displayed by David Akers at the 2002 American Numismatic Association "Mid-Winter" Convention

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena "Harry W. Bass, Jr." Part II, October 1999, Lot 819, sold for $55,200.00 (get the pedigree on this one or do some plate-matching)

NGC MS-63 (illustrated above).  Auction '79, Lot 1234? - the Rogers collection.

"Uncirculated".  Ex - Stack's "Anderson-Dupont" - Baldenhofer - Wolfson - Naftzger - Auction '82, Lot 1933, sold for $40,000.00

PCGS AU-55.  Superior "Marlene Heathgate", June 1997, Lot 1492, sold for $37,400.00 (do some plate-matching on this one)

"AU".  Garrett, Lot 470, sold for $70,000

"AU" - H.P. Smith - Clapp - Eliasberg, Lot 386, sold for $26,400.00.  The coin sold in Heritage's "FUN Sale", January 1999 was catalogued incorrectly as the Eliasberg coin, but was actually the Stack's "Carter" coin (Lot 663), now repaired.  Plate matching indicates the Eliasberg and repaired Carter examples are two completely different coins.

"Initials in field".  Ex - Atwater - Stack's "Carter", Lot 663, sold for $8,250.00 - Heritage "FUN Sale, January 1999, sold for $21,275 (catalogued incorrectly as the Eliasberg coin, but actually the Stack's "Carter" coin (Lot 663), now repaired -- the telltale scratch in the left reverse field gives it away.  Ron Guth examined this coin on April 18, 2003 and made the discovery).

"EF, initials removed from the field."  Mentioned by Akers in his 1979 book, thus this must be a different coin from the repaired "Carter" coin, which still had grafitti in 1984.

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

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003

"United States Gold Coinage, Significant Auction Records, 1997-2001", compiled by Jeff Garrett and John Dannreuther