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1860-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1860-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1860-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 14,635
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 the Professional Coin Grading Service

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Ashland City - Heritage 01/2004: 9040, $17,250.00, Large D, Variety 38-FF

NGC MS-61 (illustrated below).  Offered at the October 2001 Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Exposition by Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Melish Sale (Kosoff 04/1956: 2107, $22); Pittman 1 (Akers 10/1997: 1025, $3,960.00); Fall Long Beach (Heritage 09/2002, 8171, $6,325.00) - Heritage 01/2004: 9039, $7,475.00

PCGS AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1397, illustrated, sold for $6,037.00  Ex H.W. Bass, Jr. Collection

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 478, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's sale of September 1971, Lot 1055

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7252, "Medium D", illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

VF-35.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 479, illustrated, sold for $920.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, December 21, 1971

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-55.

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

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1860-D Liberty Head Half Eagle     Reverse of 1860-D Liberty Head Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Ron Guth