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1858-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1858-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1858-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8278

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 15,362
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 MS-64 (illustrated above).   Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61 (illustrated below).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 912 sold for $9,200.00, where it was described (in part) as follows: "Sharply struck for the date with full definition on Liberty's curls and even on the central reverse devices, which are notoriously weak on this date and mint. The color is a frosty orange-gold color, with glowing mint brilliance. Surface quality is much better than often encountered for the grade, with no deep or distracting bagmarks to note. Minor surface disturbances are noted in the fields, but visible primarily with a glass.  The presses stopped at 15,362 for the year 1858 in Dahlonega, very few of which survive today."

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ashland City - Heritage 01/2004: 9036, $10,350.00, Variety 35-DD

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 820, sold for $8,912.50

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 471, "Large D", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, April 1968, Lot 2071

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 472, not illustrated, sold for $862.50  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 21, 1968

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

Obverse of 1858-D Liberty Head Half Eagle     Reverse of 1858-D Liberty Head Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.