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1869 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1869 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1869 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8317, 8464

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,760
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.

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1410, "NGC #289360-016", illustrated, sold for $10,925.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 501, illustrated, sold for $21,850.00  From Stack's sale of the DiBello Collection, May 1970, Lot 926

Notes:
The finest circulation strike examples graded by PCGS are 4 AU-55's.

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