5 Dollars

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Capped head of Liberty facing left; thirteen stars around, date below. Reverse: Eagle, motto above, denomination below. John Reich seems to have been responsible for the first coins struck with the design seen here during the years from 1813 to 1815. Then Robert Scot made a trite design worse by coarsening Liberty's hair and retouching her cap. Thus amended, the Reich/Scot half eagles remained in production through 1829. Most were melted, as the gold the half eagles contained eventually became worth more than the coins' face value. The 1815 half eagle started out rare (only 635 minted) and became even rarer. This coin is one of a dozen survivors of the practice of melting the coins to recover the gold in addition to those simply lost over time.
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Date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
0 (overall die axis)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: dia. 25.1 mm; wt. 8.749 g
place of issue
United States
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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