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1893 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1893 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1893 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8383, 8488, 98488

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,528,120
Proofs: 77

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, Pennsylvania) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Notes:
The 1893 Five Dollar Gold Piece (also known as a “Half Eagle”) is part of the long-running Liberty Head design type issued from 1839 to 1908.  This challenging series is filled with everything from extreme rarities to affordable, common dates (of which, the 1893 is one).  Like all Half Eagles minted after 1865, the back of this coin bears the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST."

In 1893, the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,528,120 Half Eagles for circulation and 77 Proofs for sale to collectors. 

Uncirculated examples of this date are plentiful, filling up the entire range of grades from MS-60 to MS-64, with MS-62 being the most common.  MS-65 examples are rare and anything finer is extremely rare.  The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

PCGS has graded more Proof examples of this date than any other Liberty Head Half Eagle, including an amazing 70% of the total population (although we suspect a few resubmissions have inflated the total number of coins graded).  Most Proofs appear at the Proof-64 level, with few worse and few finer.  The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Trompeter collection.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64 Deep Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 725, illustrated, sold for $16,100.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 558, illustrated, sold for $12,650.00  From Stack's sale of May 1974, Lot 466

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7627, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4032, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4033, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4034, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4035, not illustrated, sold for $632.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7626, not illustrated, sold for $615.25

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1283, not illustrated, sold for $782.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1437, not illustrated, sold for $506.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1137, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

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