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1872 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1872 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
  


1872 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8325, 8467

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,660
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.

Recent appearances:
Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 514, illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  From Stack's portion of the Garrett Collection, March 1976, Lot 448

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7257, illustrated, sold for $18,975.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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