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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1840 LIBERTY $5 AU53

WELL STRUCK. CAC.
$1,925.00

1840 LIBERTY $5 MS62

VERY CHOICE FLASHY, LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$7,150.00

1840-O LIBERTY $5 XF40

EVENLY WORN SURFACES. CAC.
$2,750.00

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.
$148,500.00

1843 LIBERTY $5 MS63

VERY CHOICE, SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY FIVE MS65 COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$13,200.00

1844-O LIBERTY $5 MS61

VERY FLASHY, LUSTROUS SPECIMEN.
$8,250.00

1844-O LIBERTY $5 MS63+

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$43,950.00

1850 LIBERTY $5 AU53

CHOICE SPECIMEN WITH LUSTER STILL APPARENT. CAC.
$2,750.00

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.
$17,500.00

1854-O LIBERTY $5 AU55

WELL STRUCK WITH LUSTER SHOWING.
$3,850.00

1854-O LIBERTY $5 AU58

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

1855-D LIBERTY $5, MEDIUM D AU53

MEDIUM D. VERY SCARCE DAHLONEGA MINT HALF EAGLE. PLEASANT LIGHT, EVENLY WORN SURFACES.
$8,750.00

1855-O LIBERTY $5 AU53

VERY CHOICE, EVENLY WORN SURFACES. VERY LOW MINTAGE WITH ONLY A FEW GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$7,695.00

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

1860-D LIBERTY $5, MEDIUM D AU55

MEDIUM D. CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$8,250.00

1866 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO AU58

MOTTO. SATIN LUSTROUS SURFACES WITH THE SLIGHTEST HINT OF WEAR. LESS THAN 100 BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. JUST SIX COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$12,000.00

1866-S LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO AU58

NO MOTTO. VITUALLY MARK FREE LUSTROUS SURFACES. LESS THEN 100 COINS KNOWN TODAY IN ALL GRADES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$35,750.00

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.
$16,500.00

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

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

1876 LIBERTY $5 PR65+ Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 45 COINS STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$98,500.00