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Obverse of 1839-D Liberty Head Half Eagle     Reverse of 1839-D Liberty Head Half Eagle


1839-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8193

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,939
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, GA) above the date

Images courtesy of Hancock & Harwell Rare Coins

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-60.  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

NGC AU-53.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2189 @ $4,542.50

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ashland City - Heritage 01/2004: 9011, $18,400.00, Variety 2-A 

NGC MS-61.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7593, illustrated, sold for $9,775.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 352, Mintmark Above 39 in Date", illustrated, sold for $25,300.00  From Abner Kreisberg's sale of November 1970, Lot 1693

NGC AU-55.  Heritage 01/2004: 9010, $7,475.00, Variety 2-A

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 353, "Mintmark Above 39 in Date", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, April 1968, Lot 2051

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 509, "Mintmark over 39", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's.

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