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1850-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1850-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1850-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8245, 98245

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 43,984
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

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3703, sold for $8,625.00

PCGS AU-55.  Heritage 01/2004: 9024, $5,462.50, Variety 23-O.

ICG AU-55 (illustrated below).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2199 @ $3,910.00 "to the book"

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4020, "One of just 14 graded as such by NGC, with only 11 graded higher, most in AU-58", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS AU-53 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 425, "Weak D", illustrated, not sold  Purchased from Lester Merkin, January 22, 1968

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 426, illustrated, sold for $1,925.00  From Superior's sale of February 1973, Lot 414

ANACS Net VF-30, AU Details, Damaged, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8965, not plated, sold for $431.25

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-61's.

The finest "Weak D" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

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

Obverse of 1850-D Half Eagle     Reverse of 1850-D Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries