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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1870-CC LIBERTY $5 AU55

WELL STRUCK, LUSTROUS SURFACES. LESS THAN 100 COINS BELIEVED TO EXIST TODAY IN ALL GRADES. THIS SPECIMEN IS CONDITION CENSUS. THE FIRST YEAR CARSON CITY STRUCK HALF EAGLES.
$159,500.00

1871-CC LIBERTY $5 AU50

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

1871-CC LIBERTY $5 AU55

RICH ORANGE PATINA. SECOND YEAR OF CARSON CITY GOLD COINS. JUST TEN COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$38,500.00

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

1874-CC LIBERTY $5 AU58

CRISP WELL STRUCK EXAMPLE OF THIS VERY ELUSIVE CARSON CITY HALF EAGLE. ONLY FIVE COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$49,500.00

1874-S LIBERTY $5 AU58

CHOICE SATIN SURFACES WITH ONLY THE SLIGHTEST WEAR EVIDENT. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$21,950.00

1881 LIBERTY $5 PR67 Cameo

GEM PROOF MIRRORED SURFACES WITH CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY 42 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$132,000.00

1883 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 61 STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$109,500.00

1885 LIBERTY $5 MS65

GEM ORANGISH LUSTROUS SURFACES. JUST TWO COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$8,250.00

1886 LIBERTY $5 PR65 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 72 STRUCK.
$55,000.00

1886 LIBERTY $5 PR66+

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 72 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED AT PGCS. CAC.
$142,500.00

1887 LIBERTY $5 PR64+ Cameo

GEM PROOF ONLY ISSUE. ONLY 87 STRUCK. CAC.
$165,000.00

1889 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 45 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$68,750.00

1891 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED SURFACES WITH CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY 53 STRUCK. JUST THREE COINS GRADED HIGHER.
$68,750.00

1894 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. JUST 75 STRUCK. SOLE SECOND HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$82,500.00

1895 LIBERTY $5 MS66

SUPERB CREAMY SATIN SUFACES. JUST FOUR COINS GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. COL.GREEN PEDIGREE. CAC.
$12,000.00

1895 LIBERTY $5 PR68 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP MIRRORED, ULTRA CAMEO SURFACES. ONLY 81 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$175,000.00

1897 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO SURFACES. ONLY 83 STRUCK. JUST A SINGLE PR66+DCAM GRADED HIGHER.
$84,500.00

1897 LIBERTY $5 PR67 Deep Cameo

GEM ULTRA CAMEO PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 83 STRUCK. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$110,000.00

1900 LIBERTY $5 PR65 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO SURFACES. ONLY 230 STRUCK. CAC.
$55,000.00

1900 LIBERTY $5 PR67 Cameo

GEM MIRRORED PROOF SURFACES WITH CAMEO DEVICES. ONLY 230 STRUCK. CAC.
$96,250.00