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Obverse of 1873-S Half Eagle     Reverse of 1873-S Half Eagle


1873-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8332

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 31,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1267, illustrated, not sold

NGC AU-53.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 714, illustrated, not sold

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 521, illustrated, sold for $3,162.50

ANACS EF-40 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 916 @$920.00

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 AU-58'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