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Obverse of 1858-S Half Eagle     Reverse of 1858-S Half Eagle


1858-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8279

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,600
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) below the eagle

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

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58's.

Significant examples:
NGC AU-58 (illustrated above)
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Dr. Jacob Terner Collection", May 26-27, 2003, Lot 905, illustrated, bought back by the consignor for $11,500.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen 

"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service