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Obverse of 1855 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1855 Half Eagle


1855 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8261

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 117,098 
Proofs: Unique?

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) below the eagle

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

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-64's.

Significant examples:
NGC AU-55 (illustrated above)
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Dr. Jacob Terner Collection", May 26-27, 2003, Lot 903, illustrated, bought back by the consignor for $14,950.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1392, illustrated, sold for $5,520.00

PCGS MS-61
- Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 450, "Misplaced Date", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, August 4, 1967

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