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1863 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1863 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1863 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8294, 8453

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,442
Proofs: 30

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 EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 485, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, April 28, 1967

Notes:
The finest circulation strike examples graded by PCGS are 3 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