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1878 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1878 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8345, 8473, 88473


Circulation strikes: 131,720
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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 531, illustrated, sold for $48,300.00  Purchased from Paramount, August 10, 1971

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-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