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1871 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1871 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1871 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8322, 8466

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,200
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) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The finest circulation strike 1871 Half Eagle graded by PCGS is a single MS-60.

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

The finest circulation strike 1871 Half Eagle graded by NGC is a single MS-61.

The finest Proof 1871 Half Eagle graded by NGC is a single PR-66 Cameo.

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

PCGS MS-60
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1412, illustrated, sold for $7,762.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65
- Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 508, illustrated, sold for $43,700.00  From Stack's portion of the Garrett Collection, March 1976, Lot 442

AU-50
- Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 509, illustrated, not sold   From Superior's sale of the Ruby Collection, February 1974, Lot 1814

ANACS Net EF-45, Unc Details, Rev. Rim Filed, Cleaned
- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8992, plated, sold for $2,185.00

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

"The NGC Census Report, April 2003" by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation