Coins from America’s past are hard to come by these days. Among the rarest coins are those gold coins produced before 1933. The reason for the rarity is not so much the age of the coins, but the circumstances of history. The $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagle is now available through Silver.com, but don’t wait because these rare coins never last long!
- Consists of .2419 ounces of .900 pure gold.
- Issued with a face value of $5 (USD) by the federal government.
- Produced more than 100 years ago.
- Designed by Christian Gobrecht.
- Less than 2,000 exist.
- Ships in a protective plastic case.
America’s Pre-1933 coins are rare thanks in part to Franklin D. Roosevelt. During his presidency, Roosevelt ordered the collection of all circulation gold coins in the US. The coins were melted down into gold bars to bolster the nation’s reserves during the Great Depression. Those coins that survived the meltdown effort are some of the rarest today.
The $5 Liberty Head Half Eagles were struck by the United States Mint between 1839 and 1908, one of the longest production runs of any coin series. Christian Gobrecht’s design on these coins would later be repeated on the nation’s $1 and $2.50 coin programs. This was a result of the Mint’s desire to create uniformity across its circulation coin programs.
On the reverse side is the depiction of Lady Liberty, featured wearing a crown with the word “Liberty” engraved within it. The obverse bears the original production of the heraldic eagle. In the image, a bald eagle stands with its wings spread wide, a shield in front of its chest, and arrows and an olive branch in its talons.
Each of the coins in this listing is available in Mint State 65 condition. Coins with this grade have high quality luster for the date and mint, but may contain several small contact marks and/or two larger blemishes.
These coins were struck by the United States Mint at its Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dahlonega, Charlotte, New Orleans, Carson City, and Denver locations. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 888-989-7223, online using our live chat, or via email. Check out Silver.com’s selection of other Pre-1933 Gold Coins.