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1864 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1864 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
  


1864 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8296, 8454, 98454

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,170
Proofs: 50

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.

PCGS MS-61.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2213 @ $8,050.00 "to the book"

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-64, Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7301, illustrated, sold for $23,287.50

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 488, illustrated, sold for $25,300.00  From Paramount's sale of August 1969, Lot 1969

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 489, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, May 10, 1971

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1556 @$2,760.00

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

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-64

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