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1888-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8373

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 293,900
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9010, not plated, sold for $1,380.00

Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1758, not plated, sold for $109.25

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-63's.

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