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1866 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1866 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8311, 8461


Circulation strikes: 6,700
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, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

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

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1407, "NGC#289360-009", illustrated, sold for $8,625.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 493, illustrated, sold for $39,100.00  Purchased from Abe Kosoff's, August 9, 1971

AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4025, "With Motto", illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS VF-20.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7255, not illustrated, sold for $718.75

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

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

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