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1862 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1862 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1862 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8292, 8452

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,430
Proofs: 35

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex Trompeter collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 482, illustrated, sold for $39,100.00  From Stack's sale of May 1974, Lot 449; tied for finest graded by PCGS

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7254, illustrated, not sold

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-64'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