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Obverse of 1865-S Half Eagle     Reverse of 1865-S Half Eagle


1865-S FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8299

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 27,612
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.7 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2215 @ $5,750.00 "to the book"

NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 913 @$7,475.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1406, illustrated, sold for $5,750.00

EF-40 (illustrated below).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2216, "Polished" @ $2,070.00 "to the book"

ANACS EF Details, cleaned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 914, "Net VF-20" @$862.00

ANACS Net EF-40, AU Details, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8988, not plated, unsold 

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

Obverse of 1865-S Half Eagle     Reverse of 1865-S Half Eagle

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries