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1851-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1851-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1851-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8248, 98248

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 62,710
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).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ashland City - Heritage 01/2004: 9026, $13,800.00, Variety 25-Q

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Heritage 01/2004: 9025, $5,750.00, Variety 26-R

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 3704, sold for $5,750.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 429, "Weak D", illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, July 26, 1967; finest graded by PCGS

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1387, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7241, "Weak D", illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-55 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 904, "The first 1 is repunched, and the date is quite large." @$4,600.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

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

Varieties:
Strong Mintmark
Weak 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

Obverse of 1851-D Liberty Head Half Eagle     Reverse of 1851-D Liberty Head Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.