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1856-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1856-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS No: 8268


Circulation strikes: 19,786
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 AU-58 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 21, 1999.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Heritage 01/2004: 9034, $14,950.00, Variety 33-BB

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7249, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8973, plated, unsold

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 458, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of October 1968, Lot 876

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64'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