1832 P Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle : Curl Base 2 - 12 Stars

Capped Head - Facing Left - Reduced Diameter

Mintage: 6
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.):
1832 12 Stars - Curl Base 2 - Capped Bust $5 Gold Half Eagle - Five Dollars
There were two major varieties of the 1832 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle. One variety features 12 stars on the obverse of the coin and a "Curl Base 2" in the date (as depicted above). Only 6 of these rare variety coins are known to exist and they are extremely valuable. (Source of example image is courtesy of PCGS.)

The rare variety features 12 stars but the common variety features 13 stars on the obverse of the coin. The difference between the 12 stars vs 13 stars is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1832 12 Stars vs 13 Stars - $5 Capped Bust Gold Half Eagle - Difference and Comparison

There were also two other major differences in the 1832 date. The rare variety features a curled base on the number "2" in the date - whereas the common variety features a square base on the number "2". The difference between the Curl Base 2 vs Square Base 2 is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1832 Curl Base 2 vs Square Base 2 - $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)
--249,019287,615384,060547,407---

MELT VALUE: $300.91


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