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1856 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8266

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 197,990
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) above the date

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 456, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 1005

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 517, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 226, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 518, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 710, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

Choice Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1120, not plated, sold for $172.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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