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1858 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1858 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1858 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8276, 8448

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 15,136
Proofs: estimated 10

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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex Trompeter collection

PCGS MS-64.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2208 @ $15,525.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 469, illustrated, sold for $78,200.00  From Stack's sale of March 1985, Lot 805  The finest graded by PCGS

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7250, illustrated, sold for $12,075.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 229, illustrated, sold for $2,932.50

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 470, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  Purchased from Rowe and Brownlee, October 1970; formerly from Glendining's sale of October 1970, Lot 965

Net EF-40, sharpness of AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 141 sold for $345.00

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

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