In 1795, the U.S. Mint struck the first gold coin of the United States: the $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle. 2020 marks this coin’s 225th anniversary, and the Smithsonian® commemorated the event by authorizing a limited release of gold and silver proofs featuring the original design.
This silver tribute faithfully recreates the historic and groundbreaking $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle in two full ounces of highly pure 99.9% fine silver. Designed by sculptor Robert Scot, the coin depicted Lady Liberty wearing a Phrygian cap, surrounded by 15 stars representing the number of states at the time. On the reverse was an eagle with its wings spread, a laurel wreath in its beak and an olive branch in its talons. The slight changes for this 225th Anniversary release include dual dates of 1795 and 2020 and the Smithsonian’s sun logo on the reverse.
The designs on these pieces are all the more impressive thanks to their gorgeous proof finish, the result of hand-selected planchets, polished dies and multiple strikes to produce beautifully frosted details rising over mirror-like fields. In fact, the designs are so sharp and crisp that the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded each piece available in this offer as being in flawless Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition, a distinction that means these perfectly-graded proofs have ZERO imperfections — showing all features and fields exactly as the engraver and mint intended.
The $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle was the result of the Coinage Act of 1792, which besides creating the United States Mint and established the dollar as the country’s standard unit of money, also regulated the coinage of the United States. It was the first law to authorize the production of gold coins in the United States of America. Specifically, it mandated the weight and purity of three new coins and denominations: the $10 Eagle, the $5 Half Eagle and the $2.50 Quarter Eagle. The Half Eagle was the first to be produced in 1795.
Only 1,500 of these 1795–2020 Two-Ounce Silver $5 Capped Bust Proofs are authorized for release and they are available exclusively through GovMint and its marketing partners. Each will come sealed in a protective display holder and encapsulated with a custom Smithsonian-branded label. You’ll also receive a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a storycard on America’s First Gold coinage. Click one to your cart today before they’re all gone!
TRIBUTE TO AMERICA’S FIRST GOLD COIN – The 1795 $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle was the first gold coin of the United States. This 1795–2020-dated release made use of the original design to commemorates the 225th anniversary of the coin.
OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED – This piece is officially authorized by the Smithsonian® and features the famous museum’s Sun logo. The dies used to create this handsome reproduction were taken from scans of an actual 1795 $5 Capped Bust Half Eagle on display in the Smithsonian’s renown numismatic collection.
STRUCK IN HIGHLY PURE SILVER – These 1795–2020 Silver $5 Capped Bust Proofs were struck in two ounces of highly pure 99.9% silver and measure 45 mm in diameter.
PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Your 1795–2020 Two-Ounce Silver $5 Capped Bust Proof has been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in perfect Proof-70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) condition.
LOW LIMITED EDITION – The authorized limited edition for the 1795–2020 Two-Ounce Silver $5 Capped Bust Proof has been set at just 1,500 and they available exclusively through GovMint and its marketing partners.
Pay tribute to the 225th Anniversary of America’s first gold coin with this 1795–2020 Two-Ounce Silver $5 Capped Bust Commemorative Proof. Order yours now!