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1860 Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1860 Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


PCGS Nos: 8284, 8450


Circulation strikes: 19,763
Proofs: 62

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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex Trompeter collection

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 476, illustrated, sold for $57,500.00  From Stack's sale of May 1974, Lot 447

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1741, "Judd 272, R-6, Copper, RE, 64.9 grains, 27.1 mm, 1.4 mm thick", plated, sold for $3,910.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8981, plated, unsold

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

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