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1857 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8271, 8447

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 98,188
Proofs: estimated 5

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 Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 462, illustrated, sold for $78,200.00  From Stack's sale of April 1978, Lot 866; "A numismatic landmark"-finest graded by PCGS

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 463, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  From Stack's sale of the Shapero Collection, October 1971, Lot 1006

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 228, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8977, not plated, sold for $546.25

Choice About Uncirculated with strong claims to Mint State.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1740, plated, sold for $920.00

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8976, not plated, sold for $517.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

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