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Obverse of 1839 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1839 Half Eagle


1839 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8191, 8428

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 118,143
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
(Illustrated above).  Ex - the John Jay Pittman collection

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1358, illustrated, sold for $21,850.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1359, illustrated, sold for $4,945.00

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7230, not illustrated, sold for $833.75

Choice EF, nearly AU.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 81, "Head of '39", plated, sold for $747.50  Ex Stack's sale of April 29, 1987, lot 1024

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-61.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service