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1870 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1870 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8319, 8465


Circulation strikes: 4,000
Proofs: 35

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 504, illustrated, sold for $57,500.00  From Stack's sale of the Scanlon Collection, October 1973, Lot 2334

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-64's.

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