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1895 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1895 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1895 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8390, 8490, 88490, 98490

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,345,855
Proofs: 81

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 – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 728, illustrated, sold for $23,000.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 832, sold for $36,800.00  Tied for finest known

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 564, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00  Purchased from Joe Flynn, August 19, 1972

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7629, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7630, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 945, sold for $632.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9022, not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 946, sold for $379.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, with claims to Gem.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1763, not plated, sold for $460.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1139, not plated, sold for $207.00

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1438, not illustrated, sold for $150.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1578, sold for $115.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1140, not plated, sold for $138.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-65.

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