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1896 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1896 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1896 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8392, 8491

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 58,960
Proofs: 103

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-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 565, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00  From Stack's portion of the Garrett Collection, March 1976, Lot 526

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7631, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9023, not plated, unsold

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7282, not illustrated, sold for $776.25

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

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

The finest Deep Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-66'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