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1868 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1868 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1868 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8315, 8463, 98463

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,700
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, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

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

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 496, illustrated, sold for $39,100.00  Purchased from Douglas Weaver, February 23, 1973

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 497, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 222

NGC AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1409, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 520, illustrated, not sold

AU-53.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 498, illustrated, not sold  From Abe Kosoff's sale of the Shuford Collection, May 1968, Lot 1998

Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1121, plated, sold for $494.50

PCGS EF-45.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8989, plated, sold for $1,725.00

Notes:
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.

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