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1863-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8295

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 17,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-53.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 822, unsold

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 486, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, April 1968, Lot 2100

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 487, illustrated, not sold  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, May 1, 1968

VF-30.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8986, not plated, sold for $1,265.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61.

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