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1852-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1852-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1852-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8252

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 91,584
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:
NGC MS-63.  Ex - Chestatee Collection/1999 ANA (Heritage 08/1999: 7690, $10,063.00); Ashland City Collection (Heritage 01/03: 4780, $19,550) - Heritage 01/2004: 9028, $20,700.00, Variety 28-U

PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 21, 1999.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Heritage 01/2004: 9027, $6,037.50, Variety 28-T

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 433, not illustrated, sold for $4,830.00  Purchased from Arizona Stamp & Coins, March 1969

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 434, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1969, Lot 258

Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1116

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 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