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1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1883 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1883 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8361, 8478

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 233,400
Proofs: 61

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-67.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 547, illustrated, sold for $50,600.00  From Paramount's sale of September 1971, Lot 1539; finest certified by PCGS

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7615, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7614, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9005, not plated, unsold

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 932 @$132.00

PCGS AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4028, not illustrated, sold for $121.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65's.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-67.

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