1832 P Capped Bust Gold $5 Half Eagle : Square Base 2 - 13 Stars

Capped Head - Facing Left - Reduced Diameter

Mintage: 157,487
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 13 Stars - Square 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 13 stars on the obverse of the coin and a "Square Base 2" in the date (as depicted above). This is the more common of the two varieties (Source of example image is courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries.)

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)
--19,63624,66637,30543,32369,26795,617-

MELT VALUE: $300.78


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