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1899 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1899 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse
 


1899 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8398, 8494

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,710,630
Proofs: 99

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 - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3774, sold for $66,700.00

NGC Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7667, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 568, illustrated, sold for $27,600.00  From Harmer, Rooke's sale of October 1970, Lot 3201

NGC MS-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7639, illustrated, sold for $4,025.00  From the Judge Thomas Butt Collection

PCGS MS-66.   Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 244, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7638, illustrated, sold for $2,012.50  From the Violet Bancroft Collection

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7637, not illustrated, sold for $615.25

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7636, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

NGC MS-64. Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7635, not illustrated, sold for $615.25

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 948, sold for $977.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4037, not illustrated, sold for $747.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 161, sold for $862.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 1288, not illustrated, sold for $782.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7634, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-63.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7633, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1581, sold for $1,495.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 949, sold for $374.00

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1147, not plated, sold for $546.25

NGC MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 9025, not plated, sold for $460.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 245, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

MS-62 Lightly Cleaned.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7112, not illustrated, not sold

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1765, not plated, sold for $488.75

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1146, not plated, unsold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1148, not plated, sold for $230.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66's.

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