The Liberty Head Half Eagle design was the longest-running issue in the Half Eagle Series. This effigy was used concurrently across the US Eagle, US Half Eagle, US Quarter Eagle, and the US Double Eagle gold coins from 1839 until 1907/1908. Designed by Christian Gobrecht, Gold Half Eagles from the 19th century with the Liberty Head design can be quite difficult to locate for some date marks. One of the rarest is the 1856 Type 1 No Motto coin. Today, certified 1856 Gold $5 Liberty Head Half Eagles are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside a protective plastic slab from the PCGS or NGC!
- Type 1 design on the reverse used through 1865 only!
- Designs from Christian Gobrecht, Third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint!
- Availability of certified Gold Half Eagles is limited!
- Consists of .242 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- The face value of $5 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Graded XF45 by the Professional Coin Grading Service or the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- On the obverse is the Liberty Head effigy.
- The reverse features the heraldic eagle from the No Motto type.
- Please keep in mind you may receive coins with the same labels or varying labels if you buy multiples.
The 1856 Gold Liberty Head Half Eagle is considered one of the rarest dates in the series, if not the rarest, from the 19th century. The US Mint recorded striking just under 200,000 specimens, and few have survived into the 21st century. The long history of use in circulation and large-scale efforts to melt down gold coins after the Civil War depleted much of the population of these coins. Estimates suggest there are only 400 of these 1856 Liberty Head Half Eagles remaining today!
All of these 1856 Gold $5 Liberty Head Half Eagles earned XF45 grades from the PCGS or NGC. A coin in this condition is said to be Extremely Fine, with 45 referring to its position on the Sheldon numeric scale. Such a coin has sharp details with wear and tear present only on the highest reliefs of the strike. Much of the original gold luster is still visible as well.
Silver.com offers these coins at random. All items are picked after your payment clears and your order is fulfilled based on availability at that point. Please note we cannot guarantee which grading house label you will receive. If you buy multiples, your coins could have all PCGS labels, all NGC labels, or a mixture of both.
On the obverse of 1856 Gold Liberty Head Half Eagles is the left-profile portrait of Lady Liberty. The reverse side of 1856 $5 Gold Half Eagles features the heraldic eagle design from Gobrecht with no national motto included.
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