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, SMALL DATE MS62

SMALL DATE. CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. FEWER THAN 100 KNOWN TO EXIST. THE RAREST HALF-EAGLE TO COME OUT OF THE CHARLOTTE MINT. ONLY ONE MS63+ COIN GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$165,000.00

1843 LIBERTY $5 MS63

VERY CHOICE, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FIVE MS65 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,750.00

1843-C LIBERTY $5 AU58

WELL STRUCK WITH VERY LIGHT WEAR EVIDENT. CAC.
$14,850.00

1844-C LIBERTY $5 MS62+

VERY CHOICE FLASHY LUSTROUS SURFACES. THIS IS A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF A CHARLOTTE MINTED HALF EAGLE. ONLY 3 MS63 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$38,500.00

1844-O LIBERTY $5 MS61

VERY FLASHY, LUSTROUS SPECIMEN.
$8,500.00

1844-O LIBERTY $5 MS63+

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$46,750.00

1847-D LIBERTY $5 MS62

FLASHY LUSTER AND WELL STRUCK. RARELY SEEN IN THIS HIGH GRADE. ONLY TWO MS63 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$24,750.00

1849-D LIBERTY $5 MS62

CHOICE LUSTROUS CHARLOTTE HALF EAGLE. JUST FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$28,600.00

1851-O LIBERTY $5 AU58

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH ONLY A TRACE OF LIGHT WEAR. VERY SCARCE NEW ORLEANS HALF EAGLE IN THIS STATE OF PRESERVATION.
$11,000.00

1854-O LIBERTY $5 AU58

VERY CHOICE SURFACES. JUST A WHISPER AWAY FROM UNCIRCULATED. CAC.
$12,000.00

1855-C LIBERTY $5 AU58

WELL STRUCK WITH LUSTER STILL EVIDENT. VERY SCARCE CHARLOTTE MINTED HALF EAGLE. JUST SIX COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$14,250.00

1857-S LIBERTY $5 MS64

GEM FLASHY ORANGE PEEL LUSTROUS SURFACES. FROM THE S.S. CENTRAL AMERICA. JUST FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$49,500.00

1861-C LIBERTY $5 AU53

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 6,879 ORIGINALLY MINTED. WONDERFUL CHARLOTTE MINTED COIN DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF THE CIVIL WAR. CAC.
$32,950.00

1861-D LIBERTY $5 AU55

WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS SURFACES ON THIS VERY SCARCE DAHLONAGA HALF EAGLE. CONDITION CENSUS. LESS THAN 100 COINS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$121,000.00

1861-D LIBERTY $5 AU58

VERY CHOICE SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST A BREATH AWAY FROM MINT STATE. GREAT CIVIL WAR ERA COIN STRUCK AT THE DAHLANOGA MINT. LESS THAN 100 SPECIMENS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$121,000.00

1863-S LIBERTY $5 AU58

CHOICE WELL STRUCK AND LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH ONLY A WHISPER OF WEAR. JUST TWO MS61 COINS GRADED HIGHER. THIS IS A VERY SCARCE, CIVIL WAR YEAR, HALF EAGLE WITH LESS THAN 75 SPECIMENS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES.
$41,250.00

1866 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS61

MOTTO. WELL STRUCK WITH VERY CHOICE SURFACES. JUST 6,700 STRUCK. LESS THAN 100 KNOWN TODAY IN ALL GRADES. ONLY THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. THE HIGHEST GRADED IS A MS62+.
$21,950.00

1867 LIBERTY $5 AU58

WELL STRUCK, LUSTROUS SURFACES EXHIBITING A WHISPER OF WEAR. LESS THAN 100 BELIEVE TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. AMONG THE HIGHEST GRADED.
$14,250.00

1868-S LIBERTY $5 MS61

RICH ORANGE PATINA BLANKET THIS SATIN LUSTROUS COIN. THIS IS THE SOLE MINT STATE COIN GRADED BY NGC.
$32,950.00

1871-CC LIBERTY $5 AU50

SMOOTH LIVELY SURFACES WITH SATIN LUSTER. SECOND YEAR OF ISSUE FROM THE CARSON CITY MINT.
$21,950.00

1873 LIBERTY $5, CLOSED 3 MS66

CLOSED 3. GEM LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH CLAIMS TO PROOFLIKE. TIED WITH TWO OTHER COINS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$43,950.00