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1873 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1873 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1873 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8468, 8328, 8329
 
Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 112,480
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).  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 516, "Close 3", illustrated, sold for $24,150.00  From RARCOA's sale of the Boosel Collection, April 1972, Lot 673

PCGS Proof-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2220 at $7,015.00 "to the book"

PCGS Proof-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1414, "Closed 3", illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1413, "Closed 3", illustrated, sold for $15,525.00  Previously in Brady Bloch Collection Sale, September 1999, Lot 1766 as NGC MS-65

PCGS MS-64.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2221 at $8,280.00 "to the book"

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 517, "Open 3", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  Purchased from Julian Leidman, February 3, 1973

NGC MS-60.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8993, "Closed 3", not plated, sold for $603.75

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7258, not illustrated, sold for $207.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2346, "Open 3" at $287.50

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 145, "Open 3" sold for $276.00

About Uncirculated, Extensive lustre.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1746, "Closed 3", not plated, sold for $218.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Open 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest Uncirculated "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65's.

The finest Proof "Closed 3" examples graded by PCGS are 9 PR-64's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof "Closed 3" example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-64.

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