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1854-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1854-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1854-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8258, 88258, 98258

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 56,413
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-65 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Joe Flynn 03/1978; Harry Bass II (Bowers and Merena 10/1999: 1054, $36,800); The Mint (Jay Parrino)/Avena Numismatics; unknown dealer intermediaries; Ashland City Collection (Heritage 01/2003: 4785, $62,100) - Heritage 01/2004: 9031, $52,900.00, Large D

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 819, sold for $34,500.00 Tied for finest known

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-62.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1555, unsold

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1391, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex - FUN Sale (Heritage 01/2003: 4784, $7,820.00) - Heritage 01/2004: 9030, $7,475.00, Large D

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7247, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7248, illustrated, sold for $7,187.50

PCGS AU-58.  Heritage 01/2004: 9032, $5,060.00, Medium D, Variety 31-X

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 443, "Strong D", illustrated, sold for $6,037.50  

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 444,"Strong D", illustrated, sold for $6,325.00  Purchased from Paramount, March 10, 1968

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 445, "Strong D", illustrated, sold for $2,760.00  From Stack's sale of December 1970, Lot 193

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 446, "Strong D", illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  From RARCOA's sale of February 1972, Lot 908

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1260, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

Fine-15.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6028, not illustrated, sold for $891.25  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Notes:
The finest "Large D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

The finest "Medium D" examples graded by PCGS are 3 AU-58's.

The finest "Weak D" examples graded by PCGS are 3 AU-58'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