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1857-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse    1857-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1857-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8273

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 17,046
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:
NGC MS-61.  Heritage 01/2004: 9035, $10,925.00, Medium Mintmark, Variety 34-CC

PCGS MS-60 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

Recent appearances:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2342 at $3,910.00 

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

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