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1877 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1877 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1877 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8342, 8472, 98472

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,132
Proofs: 20

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

Notes:
Some (perhaps all) circulation strikes have a small, raised "pimple" just below Liberty's jawline near the front of her throat.

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-64's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRDC-65's.

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - 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 530, illustrated, sold for $39,100.00  From Lester Merkin's sale of March 1969, Lot 326

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8996, plated, sold for $9,200.00  From the Dr. Robert W. Dingle Collection; previously Bass II (Bowers and Merena 10/99), lot 1211, where it realized $12,650; purchased by Harry Bass from Jack Klausen June 19, 1968

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1271, illustrated, not sold

ICG AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8995, plated, unsold

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