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1859 Half Eagle Obverse     1859 Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8280, 8449


Circulation strikes: 16,734
Proofs: 80

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) above the date

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 473, illustrated, sold for $40,250.00  From the Bowers and Merena sale of the Norweb Collection, Part I, November 1987, Lot 858; formerly in the Palace Collection of Egypt (Farouk Collection),1954, Lot 254

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8980, plated, unsold  Purchased by Harry Bass from Don Devore, August 21, 1968:  Bass II (Bowers and Merena, 10/99), lot 1111 where it sold for $6,037.50

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 519, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-62.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.

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