Liberty Head $5

(1839-1908)

No Motto (1839-1866)

Although photography was invented in 1839, the art world at that time was still very much in the grips of Neoclassicism. To the Neoclassical sculptor or die engraver, modern clothing fashions changed too often, and to portray historically important figures in contemporary clothes could open up such art works to criticism. Instead, they froze their subjects in Classical Greek clothing and copied the stylized busts of known works by ancient sculptors and their later Roman imitators. Neoclassicism liked cold profiles, and the exacting art of die engraving is especially well suited to such a stylistic influence.

In the United States, Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht was strongly influenced by Neoclassicism, which was especially apparent in his use of the classically stylized head of Liberty on the Coronet half.... (Expand Text)

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1842-C LIBERTY $5, LARGE DATE, NO MOTTO MS61

LARGE DATE. ONLY 23,589 STRUCK. JUST 5 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS
$16,450.00

1844 LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS64

CONDITION CENSUS. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$19,500.00

1847-C LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS62

VERY CHOICE. ONLY 84,151 STRUCK. JUST 2 HIGHER AT NGC.
$16,500.00

1855-D LIBERTY $5, LARGE D MS61

LARGE D. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$22,500.00

1858-D LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS61

VERY LUSTEROUS. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$14,950.00

1859-C LIBERTY $5 MS61+

VERY SCARCE CHARLOTTE COIN. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$12,500.00

1859-D LIBERTY $5, LARGE D, NO MOTTO MS61

LARGE D. VERY SCARCE VARIETY.
$19,950.00

1860-C LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS63

NEAR GEM SURFACES. ONLY 14,813 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER.
$29,500.00

1866 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS62

ONLY 6,700 STRUCK. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST AT PCGS.
$27,500.00

1870-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS55

VERY SCARCE. JUST 17,000 MINTED. ONLY 4 AU58 COINS HIGHER.
$8,750.00

1870-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS58

POSSIBLY FINEST KNOWN. SOLE HIGHEST CAC. CAC.
$24,500.00

1871-CC LIBERTY $5 MS55

LUSTER STILL VERY APPARENT. ONLY 20,770 STRUCK. JUST 9 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$19,450.00

1871-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS58

ONLY 25,000 STRUCK. JUST 3 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$6,950.00

1873 LIBERTY $5, CLOSED 3, MOTTO MS66

CLOSED 3. VERY FLASHY. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$39,500.00

1874 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS58

VERY SCARCE. ONLY 3,488 STRUCK. JUST 3 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$4,950.00

1874-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS55

VERY SCARCE DATE. ONLY 16,000 STRUCK. JUST 2 HIGHER AT PCGS.
$4,950.00

1878 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS65

GEM SURFACES. ONLY 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. HIGHEST CAC.
$16,450.00

1879 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS64

JUST 8 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$3,750.00

1882-S LIBERTY $5 MS65

A SATIN GEM. ONLY 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$3,750.00

1883 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM ULTRA CAMEO. ONLY 61 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST AT PCGS.
$81,500.00

1884-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS65

GEM SURFACES. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$24,950.00