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1836 $5 Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coin NGC AU53

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The United States Mint’s $5 Gold Half Eagle Coin, introduced in 1795, is now available for purchase online at Provident Metals. This exquisite $5 gold piece, minted until 1929, underwent five captivating design iterations. Among them, the Classic Head bust of Liberty, used from 1834 to 1838, stands out for its distinctiveness and historical significance.


  • Arrives securely in an NGC protective plastic slab!
  • Represents the third date in the Classic Head design series!
  • Boasts a unique gold content!
  • Designed by the renowned William Kneass!
  • Contains .2416 Troy oz of actual gold content.
  • Backed by the federal government with a face value of $5 (USD).
  • Graded About Uncirculated 53 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
  • Features a captivating left-profile bust of Liberty on the obverse.
  • Showcases a majestic heraldic eagle on the reverse.

Each of the 1836 $5 Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coins available at Provident Metals is in AU53 condition, certified by the NGC. These coins display medium to near-full mint luster, with light wear and friction on the higher relief points of the design strike.


On the obverse, the 1836 $5 Half Eagle boasts an exquisite bust of Lady Liberty sculpted by William Kneass. As the 2nd Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Kneass skillfully crafted Liberty’s left-profile bust with long, curly hair and a Liberty sash gracefully draped across her head. Inscriptions include LIBERTY and 1836.


The reverse side of the 1836 Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coin features a captivating depiction of the heraldic eagle. This early rendition portrays the eagle in front-facing relief, embellished with the US national shield, the arrows of war, and an olive branch of peace. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 5 D.


The 1836 Classic Head Half Eagle stands as the final gold coin in this series to be struck with reduced gold content. In 1834, it was discovered that the gold content of the $5 Gold Eagle exceeded its face value. Consequently, the gold content of US Eagles was reduced from 22-karat gold (91.67%) to 89.92% gold. The 1836 Classic Head remains one of the last coins with this unique gold composition.


If you have any inquiries about this iconic gold coin, our dedicated team at Provident Metals is ready to assist you. Contact us at (800) 313-3315, utilize our convenient online live chat, or reach out via email.

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When the subtotal of your purchase, including applicable discounts, is $199 or more, you receive free shipping for your entire order. In order to receive free shipping on purchases of $199 or more, you must live within the 50 US states. For orders less than $199, a $9.95 shipping fee applies. All products are discreetly packaged and shipped with full insurance included.

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Product Details

Year 1836
Condition AU63
Grading Service NGC
Mint Mark Not Shown
Metals Purity .8992
Producer US Mint
Thickness 1.59 mm
Diameter 22.5 mm
Condition Almost Uncirculated
Denomination $5
Country United States
Designer (Obverse) William Kneass
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Classic Head Half Eagle
Certificate of Authenticity No
Mintage 553,147
Packaging NGC Plastic Slab
Metal Content .2419 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Packaging Dimensions 3.4 x 2.4 x 0.4
Provident ID 4008643