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 MS62

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

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

1843-C LIBERTY $5 AU58

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

1844-O LIBERTY $5 MS61

VERY FLASHY, LUSTROUS SPECIMEN.
$8,250.00

1854-O LIBERTY $5 AU55

WELL STRUCK WITH LUSTER SHOWING.
$5,500.00

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

1856-C LIBERTY $5 AU50

PLEASING, EVENLY WORN SURFACES WITH LUSTER STILL EVIDENT.
$4,500.00

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 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

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

1877-S LIBERTY $5 MS60

BRILLIANT, LUSTROUS SURFACES. ONLY 26,700 STRUCK. ONE OF ONLY 4 COINS GRADED MINT STATE.
$12,500.00

1883 LIBERTY $5 PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 61 STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS.
$104,500.00

1886 LIBERTY $5 MS63+

CHOICE LUSTROUS SURFACES. SCARCE DATE IN THIS STATE OF PRESERVATION.
$1,250.00