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Obverse of 1859-D Half Eagle     Reverse of 1859-D Half Eagle


1859-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8282, 98282

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 10,366
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 David Akers Numismatics, Inc. 

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - B.Max Mehl's sale of the James Ten Eyck collection, 1922, Lot 225 - Abe Kosoff's sale of the Melish collection, 1956, Lot 2103 at $42.50 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatic, Inc.'s sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, Part One, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 1022 at $60,500, "Choice Uncirculated" - Duke's Creek Collection (Hancock & Harwell as agents)

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Stack's sale of the Ed Milas collection, May 1995, Lot 516.

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ashland City Collection (Heritage 01/2003: 4805, $11,500) - Heritage 01/2004: 9038, $12,075.00, Variety 37-EE

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-55.  Heritage 01/2004: 9037, $5,462.50, Medium D, Variety 37-EE

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 474, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  From Stack's sale of February 1968, Lot 348

Notes:
The finest "Medium D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Large D" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

Varieties:
Medium D
Large D

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