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1853-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1853-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1853-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE


Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 89,678
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 - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8971, plated, sold for $14,375.00  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

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

NGC MS-61.  Heritage 01/2004: 9029, $7,475.00, Large mintmark, Variety 29-V

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 437, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, February 10, 1967

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 438, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, January 20, 1967

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 439, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, July 26, 1967

PCGS AU-50.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7598, "Large D", illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1554 @$2,185.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 440, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50  From Paramount's sale of August 1969, Lot 1931

EF-40, Whizzed.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6027, not illustrated, sold for $862.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Notes:
The finest "Large D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Medium D" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-50.

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