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1885 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1885 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1885 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8367, 8480, 88480, 98480

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 601,440
Proofs: 66

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:
NGC Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2369 Not Sold

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 549, illustrated, sold for $20,700.00  Purchased from Jack L. Klausen, September 21, 1972

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7618, not illustrated, not sold

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4029, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9007, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7617, not illustrated, not sold

MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 935  at $144.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1566 at $126.50

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 5 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