1798 P Turban Head Gold $5 Half Eagle : All Varieties

Heraldic Eagle Reverse - Capped Bust - Head Facing Right

Mintage: 24,867
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper

Diameter: 25 mm
Mass / Weight: 8.75 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1798 Turban Head $5 Gold Half Eagle Varities
There were a few major varieties of the 1798 $5 Gold Turban Head Half Eagle. The first variety to look at deals with the size of the "8" in the 1798 date. One variety had a Small "8" and the other had a Large "8" - with the Large "8" noticeably much wider than the smaller "8". The difference between the Small "8" vs Large "8" is depicted above in the example comparison image.

The Large "8" variety had two major sub-varieties dealing with the number of stars on the reverse (or back) of the coin. One variety featured 13 Stars above the eagle and the other had 14 Stars. The difference between the 13 Stars vs 14 Stars is depicted below in the example comparison image (Source of example images is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1798 13 Stars vs 14 Stars - $5 Turban Head Gold Half Eagle - Difference and Comparison

Major Varieties:
1798 Turban Head $5 Gold Half Eagle - Small 8
1798 Turban Head $5 Gold Half Eagle - Large 8 - 13 Stars
1798 Turban Head $5 Gold Half Eagle - Large 8 - 14 Stars
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $304.04


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