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$5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle Zoom

$5 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle - NGC/PCGS MS61 - Random Type and Year

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  • The $5 Liberty Head Half Eagle gold coin is 21.6 mm in diameter, has a reeded edge, a total weight of 0.24187 troy ounces (or 8.359 grams) and a face value of $5.

  • Contains a metal composition of 90% gold and 10% copper.

  • Minted from 1839-1908, with a modest change in 1866, when “In God We Trust” was placed on the reverse above the eagle.

  • The obverse (front) designed by Chrisitian Gobrecht features Liberty's hair tied in a bun and secured by a string of pearls. She is facing left and also wears a coronet in her hair inscribed with the word LIBERTY. The simplicity of the design was largely unaffected by the addition of the date below her profile and thirteen stars around the perimeter.

  • The reverse (back) displays a heraldic bald eagle clutching a cluster of arrows in his left talon and an olive branch in his right. His wings are proudly spread from rim to rim with the union shield on his chest. The denomination can be seen below his talons while encircling him is written the words “United States of America”.

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    The $5 Liberty Head Half Eagle production was authorized by The Act of April 2, 1792, and it was the first gold coin minted by the United States. This coin experienced many design changes over the years and became the $5 Liberty Head (Half Eagle) in 1839. The new design was used for nearly 70 years. Throughout history, the 1898 $5 Liberty Head gold coin is the only gold series to be minted at 7 different U. S. Mint branches.

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