These are amazing coins. Genuine coins are worth a bundle. When dealing with expensive coins, you must always be aware of counterfeits. More on fakes later down this page ...
Genuine $2.50 and $5.00 gold pieces are always worth lots of money. This variety, with the bust of Miss Liberty wearing a folded cap, is especially valuable because of age and rarity.
$2.50 GOLD, quarter eagle, 18 mm diameter, 0.1288 troy ounces gold
$5.00 GOLD, half eagle, 24 mm diameter, 0.2579 troy ounces gold
If you have one of these coins, you should get to the library and look up your coin in a coin catalog. There are several twists and varieties of these coins that affect value. Here we give only approximate, general values. You should also consider having your coin authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by PCGS, ICG, NGC, or ANACS (look them up on the Internet; do not use other services).
NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.
$2.50 (2 1/2 D) QUARTER EAGLES, 1808 TO 1834 (GENERAL VALUES):
worn: $6000 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8000
well preserved: $10000
fully uncirculated: $30000
quarter eagles dated 1808 are especially rare, $45000 in average circulated condition
quarter eagles dated 1834 with the E PLURIBUS UNUM motto are quite rare, $15000 in average circulated (must have E PLURIBUS UNUM)
$2.50 (2 1/2 D) QUARTER EAGLES, 1834 TO 1839 (GENERAL VALUES):
worn: $400 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $650
well preserved: $1600
fully uncirculated: $4000
quarter eagles with a 'C' or 'D' under Miss Liberty's neck (not an 'O') are more valuable, $2500 in average circulated
$5.00 (5 D) HALF EAGLES, 1807 TO 1824 (GENERAL VALUES):
worn: $3000 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5000
well preserved: $6500
fully uncirculated: $14000
half eagles dated 1815 are extremely rare, $200000 in average circulated condition
half eagles dated 1821 and 1824 are also rare, $28000 in average circulated
$5.00 (5 D) HALF EAGLES, 1825 TO 1834 (GENERAL VALUES):
worn: $12000 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $18000
well preserved: $35000
fully uncirculated: $55000
these coins must have E PLURIBUS UNUM over the eagle to reach these values
$5.00 (5 D) HALF EAGLES, 1834 TO 1838 (GENERAL VALUES):
worn: $600 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $700
well preserved: $900
fully uncirculated: $4000
half eagles with a 'C' or 'D' under Miss Liberty's neck are more valuable, $4500 in average circulated
Look at the beautiful 1822 half eagle (5 D) in our secondary image to the right. It is in amazing condition. Wow. Trouble is, it is a fake. Do you see the word COPY imprinted on the eagle side? This makes it a legal reproduction, one of many gorgeous coins found today on web sites such as Ken Potter's page [PRESS HERE]. The piece is actually made of silver that has been plated with gold. Retail price for items like this is $50 or so.
You must always deal with people you know and trust when buying or selling expensive rare coins. It usually takes an investment of several years of good experiences to build up such trust, but it is well worth the effort if you want to become a serious numismatist. See this page for more discussion of counterfeits.