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1886 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1886 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8369, 8481, 88481, 98481


Circulation strikes: 388,360
Proofs: 72

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 550, illustrated, sold for $29,900.00  From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 259; formerly in B. Max Mehl's sale of the W. F. Dunham Collection, 1941, Lot 2165

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7271, not illustrated, sold for $891.25

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1568 @$126.50

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

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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