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1865 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1865 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8298, 8455


Circulation strikes: 1,270
Proofs: 25

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.

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1405, illustrated, sold for $10,925.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66. Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 491, illustrated, sold for $66,700.00  From Stack's sale of May 1974, Lot 450; finest graded by PCGS

The finest circulation strike example graded by PCGS is a single AU-58.

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