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1848-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1848-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1848-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8238, 8239

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 47,465
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-61 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63.  Heritage 01/2004: 9021, $18,400.00, Variety 18-M, Die State I

Net AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 412, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Paramount, December 26, 1969

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 413, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Stack's sale of August 1971, Lot 2178

Net VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 414, illustrated, sold for $632.50  From Paramount's sale of February 1971, Lot 1041

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-62's.

The finest "D/D" examples graded by PCGS are 4 AU-58's.

Varieties:
One reverse variety has a D/D mintmark.

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