1834 Capped Head, Crosslet 4 Five Dollar, MS63
1834 $5 Capped Head, Crosslet 4 MS63 NGC. Breen-6500,
BD-2, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Obverse State b / Reverse State b.
The year 1834 is one of those signal years in Mint history when two
prominent coin designs share a single year. Late 1834 saw the
Classic Head gold designs debut on the quarter eagle and half eagle
denominations, but not before Capped Head quarter eagles (4,000
coins) and half eagles (50,141 coins) had been struck. (Eagles had
not been made since 1804 and would not be produced again until
1838, with the new Liberty Head design.) Other such dual-year coin
series include the half eagles of 1807 (Capped Bust Right and
Capped Bust Left) and 1908 (Liberty Head and Indian Head).
BD-2, The Only Collectible Crosslet 4 Variety
Although series specialists realize its rarity, more general collectors may give short shrift to this issue. The fact remains, however, that the 1834 Capped Head fives, with their greater gold content, are many times rarer than the 1834 Classic Head pieces that followed. The 1834 Capped Head coins were mercilessly melted (although for a shorter time), as were all early gold coins whose gold content exceeded their face value.
The quarter eagle mintage of 1834, as usual for the denomination, was pretty much an afterthought, but the generous mintage of Capped Head half eagles came in two Guide Book-listed varieties, the Plain 4 and Crosslet 4. Two die marriages each exist for the Plain 4 (BD-1 and BD-3) and the Crosslet 4 (BD-2 and BD-4).
The other Crosslet 4 variety, BD-4, is a unique variety that collector extraordinaire Harry W. Bass, Jr. had in his core collection -- making the BD-2 the only available Crosslet 4 die marriage, while still quite rare at R.5. Akers writes that the Crosslet 4 "is more rare than the 1830 Small 5D, 1831 Large 5D, 1833 or 1834 Plain 4, and is of almost the same rarity as the 1830 Large 5D." Bass-Dannreuther estimate that no more than 45-55 pieces survive in all grades.
On the BD-2, more than half of the 4 is centered under an incomplete hair curl, and the 1 is equidistant from the bust and the dentilation. On the reverse, the denomination 5D is centered between the fletchings and the dentils, with the lower arrow tip aligned with the right flag tip of the 5.
The present Select Mint State example is nonetheless among the few finest survivors of the variety, and as such is a conditional as well as absolute rarity. PCGS reports two pieces in MS63, and this MS63 NGC specimen is the only Crosslet 4 so certified, with three submissions finer (9/11). The surfaces are well-struck in the center and overall, even though the peripheral obverse stars are a bit flat. Semiprooflike surfaces display attractive light greenish-gold color, and there are no adjustment marks visible on either side. On the obverse a die crack passes from star 9 to star 13, with a second crack running through stars 4-6. The reverse exhibits a die crack through MERICA to the D in the denomination.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 25RP, PCGS# 8161)
Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)
Sales Tax information | NGC Coin Grading Guarantee | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.
Floor auctionsOpen for bidding: (View All)
Ends on 12/03/2015
Fine & Rare Wine
Ends on 12/04/2015
Jewelry & Timepieces
Ends on 12/07/2015
Ends on 12/08/2015
Ends on 12/09/2015
Ends on 12/10/2015
Ends on 12/10/2015
World & Ancient Coins
Ends on 12/11/2015
Civil War & Militaria
Ends on 12/12/2015
Arms & Armor
Ends on 12/13/2015
Comics & Comic Art
Ends on 12/13/2015
Ends on 12/18/2015
sold in the last year
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your