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1861-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse      1861-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1861-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8290

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,597
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-61.  Ex - Green Pond Collection 08/1998 via Heritage Rare Coin Galleries/Jeff Garrett; Green Pond Collection (Superior 03/2000, 872, unsold); 2001 ANA Sale (Heritage 08/2001: 7809, unsold); Fun 2003 Sale (Bowers and Merena 01/2003: 674, $55,200.00); private collection via Gary Adkins - Heritage 01/2004: 9041, $43,700.00, Variety 39-EE

NGC AU-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2211, sold for $18,400.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 713, illustrated, not sold  From the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection sale, Part III, November 2000, Lot 492.  Earlier, from Superior Galleries' sale of December 1972, Lot 1955.  The certified grade has not changed since the Bass III offering.

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Superior Galleries's Ft. Lauderdale Mid-Winter ANA 2000 sale, 2000, Lot 873 - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 821, unsold

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-63's.

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