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1890 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1890 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8375, 8485


Circulation strikes: 4,240
Proofs: 88

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-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9041, plated, unsold

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 241, illustrated, sold for $18,400.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 555, illustrated, sold for $19,555.00   From Stack's sale of the Alto Collection, December 1970, Lot 267; from Max B. Mehl's sale of the W.F. Dunham Collection, 1941, Lot 2169

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

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