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1897 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1897 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1897 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8394, 8492, 98492

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 867,800
Proofs: 83

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.

NGC Proof-65 Cameo.  Offered by Albanese Rare Coins, Inc. in the December 30, 2003 issue of Numismatic News for $27,350.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 566, illustrated, sold for $17,825.00  From Quality Sales Corporation's sale of September 1973, Lot 1208

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7286, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS  MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 7285, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1141, not plated, sold for $218.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1142, not plated, sold for $161.00

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1143, not plated, sold for $138.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1144, not plated, sold for $149.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-65's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Deep Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-64.

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