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1844-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1844-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1844-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8221

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 88,982
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, GA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Hancock & Harwell Rare Coins

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Ex - Stack's auction, January 1958, Lot 1875, sold for $60.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 970, illustrated - the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

NGC MS-63.  Heritage 01/2004: 9017, $18,400.00, Variety 11-H

Milas, Lot 456

Auction '84, Lot 1336 (Arthur Montgomery).

Bareford, Lot 167

Recent appearances:
About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1735, plated, sold for $2,070.00  "This extraordinary strike shows both obverse and reverse on the same die axis, an extraordinary example of 'medal turn' almost unknown in U.S. coinage"

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 390, not illustrated, sold for $920.00  Received in trade from Stanley Kesselman, June 1975; from Pine Tree Auction Co.'s sale of June 1975

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1107, plated, sold for $891.25

Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1551, sold for $460.00

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

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