5 Dollar Gold Half Eagles 1795 to 1929
The eagle was a base-unit of denomination issued only for gold coinage by the United States Mint. The eagle was the largest of the four main decimal base-units of denomination used for circulating coinage in the United States. These four main base-units of denomination were the cent, the dime, the dollar, and the eagle. The eagle base-unit of denomination served as the basis of the gold quarter-eagle, the gold half-eagle, the eagle, and the double-eagle coins. The one dollar and three dollar gold coins are part of the Dollar base unit.
Half Eagle Gold 5 Dollar coin was minted from 1795 to 1929. It was the first gold coin produced by the U.S. Mint.
The Capped Bust Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar coins were minted from 1795 to 1798. This 5 dollar gold coin was designed by the Mints Chief Engraver Robert Scot. Scot’s depiction of Liberty on the new coins was a classical design, modeled after a Roman goddess, with hair rearranged and a large cap. The reverse bears an eagle with wings outspread, holding a wreath in its beak and a palm branch in its claws. Along with the date, only the inscriptions LIBERTY and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are found on the coin: no denomination or statement of value appears. Only about 23,000 coins were made.
1797 Capped Bust Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
1800 Draped Bust or Heraldic Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The Draped Bust or Heraldic Eagle Half Eagles were producted from 1795 to 1807. Only 316,867 Heraldic Eagle $5 gold pieces were struck at the Philadelphia Mint between 1798 and 1807. All dates are scarce to extremely rare in any grade.
1807 Capped Bust Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The Capped Bust Half Eagles were designed by German engraver John Reich. Production of these coins ran from 1807 to 1812. The Capped Bust Reich created for the 1807 half eagle features a buxom Miss Liberty facing left, flanked by seven stars to the left and six to the right. She is wearing a cloth cap inscribed LIBERTY, with curly hair falling out from the edge of her cap down to her shoulder. His reverse design depicts an eagle with outstretched wings, perched on a palm branch and holding three arrows in its claws. The motto E PLURIBUS UNUM appears on a ribbon above the eagle, and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 5D. surround the central design. The Philadelphia Mint struck only 399,013 half eagles of this type between 1807 and 1812.
1813 Capped Head Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The Capped Head Half Eagles gold 5 dollar coins were produced from 1813 to 1834. Making its debut in 1813, John Reich’s Capped Head design for the half eagle was copied by Chief Engraver Robert Scot in 1818 and extensively reworked by William Kneass in 1829. The Philadelphia Mint produced 1,385,612 coins over a 22 year period.
1834 Classic Head Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The Classic Head Half Eagles gold 5 dollar coins were produced from 1834 to 1838. Engraver William Kneass designed the Classic Head Half Eagles. Kneass created a curly haired Liberty facing left, her thick and curly locks confined by a headband inscribed LIBERTY. The date was placed below and a circle of 13 stars surrounded the youthful Miss Liberty. The reverse continued the raised-wing eagle of the previous issue, surrounded by the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and 5 D. Over 2.1 million Classic Head half eagles were struck between 1834 and 1838, nearly all at the Philadelphia Mint.
1850 Liberty Head or Coronet Head Half Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The Liberty Head or Coronet Head Half Eagles were produced from 1839 to 1908. No Motto Half Eagles 1839-1866 and with Motto Half Eagles 1866-1908. More than 51,500,000 regular issue Coronet half eagles with motto were minted between 1866 and 1908, The mintage was large enough so that almost every date after 1878 is available but at a high price. The Liberty / Coronet half eagle is unique in this respect, as it is the only coin struck at all seven mints Philadelphia, PA (no mintmark), Charlotte, NC (C), Dahlonega, GA (D), New Orleans, LA (O), San Francisco, CA (S), Carson City, NV (CC) and Denver, CO (D). Mintmarks can be found beneath the eagle.
5 Dollar Gold Half Eagles 1795 to 1929
1898-S Liberty Head Quarter Eagle 5 Gold Dollar
The best place to purchase
Half Eagle Gold 5 Dollar coins is at eBay. When buying gold coins be prepaired to pay high prices as they are very rare in any condition. However, there are good bargains to be found on eBay.
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