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Obverse of 1851 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1851 Half Eagle


1851 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8246

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 377,505
Proofs: Unknown

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±21.65 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:
Very Choice Uncirculated, possibly the finest known specimen".  Ex - Robert Faust (Chicago, Illinois) on April 28, 1963, sold for $150 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 995, illustrated

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 427, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00  From Superior's sale of February 1973, Lot 415

NGC MS-61.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 707, illustrated, not sold

Recent appearances:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 428, not illustrated, sold for $690.00  From Stack's sale of the Miles Collection, October 1968, Lot 420

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1114, not plated, unsold

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1739, not plated, sold for $299.00

Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1115, not plated, sold for $138.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-63'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