1831 P Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle : Large or Small 5D

Capped Head - Facing Left - Reduced Diameter

Mintage: 140,594
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: John Reich
Metal Composition: 92% Gold - 8% Silver and Copper

Diameter: 23.8 mm
Mass / Weight: 8.75 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1831 Small 5D Capped Bust $5 Gold Half Eagle - Five Dollars
There were two major varieties of the 1831 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle. One variety is the "Small 5D" (depicted above) - which features a smaller number and letter "5 D." denomination at the bottom of the reverse of the coin. The other variety is known as the "Large 5D" - which has noticeably larger characters (especially the letter "D"). An example of the "Large 5D" is depicted below:

1831 Large 5D - $5 Capped Bust Gold Half Eagle

The Small 5D variety is known as BD-1 and only around 14-18 of these coins are known to exist. The Large 5D variety is known as BD-2 and only around 22-30 of these coins are known to exist. The values are practically the same for each variety and they are extremely valuable. The difference between the 1831 Small 5D vs Large 5D is depicted below in the example comparison image (Source of example images on this page is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries):

1831 Small 5D vs Large 5D - $5 Capped Bust Gold Half Eagle - Difference and Comparison
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)
--19,64124,67137,30943,32765,19494,617-

MELT VALUE: $305.38


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