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.
These silver and gold tributes faithfully recreate the historic and groundbreaking $5 Gold Capped Bust Half Eagle — the silver in two full ounces of highly pure 99.9% fine silver and the gold in three quarters of an ounce of 99.99% pure gold. 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 these 225th Anniversary releases 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 silver commemoratives $ are authorized for release and just 175 gold commemoratives have been authorized — and they are available exclusively through GovMint and its marketing partners. Each piece will be sealed in a protective display holder with a custom Smithsonian-branded label and the set will come beautifully housed in a deluxe wooden presentation case along with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a storycard on America’s First Gold coinage. Click one of these 1795–2020 Gold & Silver $5 Capped Bust Two-Piece Proof Sets 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. These 1795–2020-dated releases made use of the original design to commemorates the 225th anniversary of the coin.
OFFICIALLY AUTHORIZED – These commemoratives are officially authorized by the Smithsonian® and feature the famous museum’s Sun logo. The dies used to create these handsome reproductions 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 – The silver piece in this set was struck in two ounces of highly pure 99.9% silver and measures 45 mm in diameter. The gold piece was struck in three quarters of an ounce of 99.99% pure gold and measures 28 mm in diameter.
PERFECT PROOF CONDITION – Each piece in your 1795–2020 Gold & Silver $5 Capped Bust Two-Piece Proof Set 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 silver piece in this 1795–2020 Gold & Silver $5 Capped Bust Two-Piece Proof Set has been set at just 1,500 while the edition for the gold coin has been set at only 175. Both are available exclusively through GovMint and its marketing partners.
Pay tribute to the 225th Anniversary of America’s first gold coin with this 1795–2020 Gold & Silver $5 Capped Bust Two-Piece Proof Set. Order yours now!