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1876 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1876 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1876 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8339, 8471, 88471, 98471

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,432
Proofs: 45

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.

PCGS Proof-64 Deep Cameo.  Offered by Albanese Rare Coins, Inc. in the December 30, 2003 issue of Numismatic News for $30,000.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 529, illustrated, sold for $20,700.00  From Paramount's sale of August 1969, Lot 1992

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 715, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7260, illustrated, not sold  Ex: Alto Collection (Stack's 12/70), lot 236; Harry Bass, Jr. Collection II (Bowers & Merena, 10/99), lot 1206, where it realized $19,550

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1418, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1419, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1420, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 14 PR-64's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRCA-64's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

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