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1855-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1855-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse  


PCGS Nos: 8263, 98263

Circulation strikes: 22,432
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 the Professional Coin Grading Service

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-63 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 21, 1999.

NGC MS-62.  Heritage 01/2004: 9033, $16,100.00, Large D, Variety 32-AA

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 453, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00  Purchased from Paramount, March 10, 1968

The finest "Large D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

The finest "Medium D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

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