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 AU58

LARGE DATE. WELL STRUCK CHARLOTTE HALF EAGLE.
$6,950.00

1847-C LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS62

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

1849-C LIBERTY $5 MS61

LUSTEROUS SURFACES. WELL STUCK.
$9,950.00

1849-C LIBERTY $5 MS61

VERY WELL STRUCK. NICE LUSTROUS SURFACES.
$9,950.00

1859-C LIBERTY $5 MS61+

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

1860-C LIBERTY $5, NO MOTTO MS63

NEAR GEM SURFACES. ONLY 14,813 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER.
$29,950.00

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 AU55

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

1873 LIBERTY $5, OPEN 3 MS66

CLOSED 3. GEM PROOFLIKE SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$39,500.00

1879 LIBERTY $5 MS64

VERY CHOICE RADIANT LUSTER.
$3,950.00

1882-S LIBERTY $5 MS65

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

1882-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS66

GEM SATIN SURFACES. TIED WITH 3 OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$13,500.00

1883 LIBERTY $5 PR67+ Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 61 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$145,000.00

1884-S LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS65

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

1886 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO PR64 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 72 STRUCK. CAC.
$26,500.00

1895 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS65

ONLY 11 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$3,500.00

1900 LIBERTY $5 PR66+ Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 230 STRUCK. JUST TWO GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$72,500.00

1902 LIBERTY $5 MS65

GEM SURFACES. ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$3,250.00

1904 LIBERTY $5 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 136 STRUCK. JUST 3 HIGHER AT PCGS.
$37,500.00

1904 LIBERTY $5 PR67+ Cameo

GEM FLASHY CAMEO. ONLY 136 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$79,500.00

1904 LIBERTY $5, MOTTO MS66

VERY FLASHY. ONLY 6 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$3,995.00