1810 $5 Capped Bust Large 5 NGC AU55 CAC

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1810 $5 Capped Bust Large 5 NGC AU55 CAC1810 $5 Capped Bust Large 5 NGC AU55 CAC1810 $5 Capped Bust Large 5 NGC AU55 CAC1810 $5 Capped Bust Large 5 NGC AU55 CAC

The obverse of this coin has engraver John Reich’s very European-looking version of Miss Liberty facing left. Her soft cap has LIBERTY incused, the date is centered at the bottom, seven stars are to the left, and six stars are to the right. The reverse features a more natural-looking eagle with the Union shield on its chest. For the first time in the half eagle series, the denomination is displayed. The motto is incused on a ribbon that arcs from wing tip to wing tip, and the legend surrounds the central devices. In its claws the eagle holds an olive branch and three arrows. Unlike the previous Type, these heraldic symbols are now in their proper place. The designer John Reich came to America as an indentured servant to escape the ravages of the Napoleonic Wars. He toiled at the Mint for a decade before quitting in disgust over never having been given a raise, and working under the overbearing and far less-talented Robert Scot.

Assistant Engraver Reich had been tasked with creating new designs for all circulating coins, and worked his way to the half eagle in 1807. The design is also seen on dimes, quarters and quarter eagles. Interestingly, from 1808 to 1820 half eagles were the only gold coin minted by America. Much of this is due to the half eagle being the banks’ favorite denomination. They served well for foreign trade and bank reserves.

Commonly collected as a Type, the short 6 years of issue are attractive to the set builder. In avoiding the very rare varieties, a complete date set is well within reach of many collectors as long as they are content with coins that have been circulated. Even in uncirculated condition, a set is not out of the question for many – it just might require a fair amount of patience to locate one of each date.


Within each number of the coin grading scale is a small range of condition from low-end to high-end. Certified coins of the same grade can be of varying quality. Many of today’s collectors want coins that are solid or premium quality for their assigned grade. CAC holds coins to a higher standard so you can be confident in the value of yours. We verify previously graded coins … and award our sticker only to those coins that meet the standard for today’s selective buyer.


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CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community, including John Albanese, a respected authority on coin grading and the rare coin market.


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