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1888 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1888 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1888 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8372, 8483, 88483

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 18,201
Proofs: 95

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 553, illustrated, sold for $25,300.00  From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 264; Formerly in B. Max Mehl's sale of the W. F. Dunham Collection, 1941, Lot 2167

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9040, plated, sold for $11,212.50  Sold on behalf on the Wilkins Foundation

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7622, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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

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

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