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Obverse of 1853 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1853 Half Eagle


1853 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8253

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 305,770
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, PA) above the date

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

Significant examples:
NGC MS-65. "Sold for $55,000 back in 1995" according to the Goldbergs (per their description of the NGC MS-64 below).

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3705, sold for $11,500.00

NGC MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 907, "Identifiable by a tiny lamination on the upper curve of the D of UNITED.", sold for $12,075.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8969, plated, sold for $12,650.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 790, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7245, illustrated, sold for $2,127.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7597, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  Ex: Harry W. Bass

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7244, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 435, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  From Stack's sale of December 1970, Lot 188

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1117, not plated, sold for $138.00

Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1118, not plated, sold for $126.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

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