In 1857, the Gold Liberty Half Eagle was in the early stages of its impressive seven-decade run in production at the United States Mint. The 1857 release of the Gold Liberty Half Eagles came at a time when the nation’s economy was overheated and eventually suffered an economic slowdown later in the year. Today, 1857 Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles in XF45 condition are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside protective plastic slabs courtesy of the PCGS or NGC!
- 19th release of Gold Liberty Half Eagles!
- Availability of certified coins 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 an image of Lady Liberty.
- The reverse field shows the heraldic eagle design.
- Please keep in mind the coins you receive may have matching or varied mint marks, as well as matching or varied PCGS or NGC labels if you buy more than one.
Gold Half Eagles were introduced in 1795 with the Turban Head design, but the original issue was limited to production between 1795 and 1798. In 1807. The Draped Bust was produced as the second design in the series and issued through 1813. The third design was known as the Classic Head, but was also short-lived with production from 1834 to 1837. In 1838, the Liberty Head design debuted and later came to the Half Eagle in 1839.
All of these 1857 Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles are available with XF45 grades. The XF stands for Extremely Fine, with a specific grade number of 45 on the Sheldon numeric scale. An XF45 coin has only light wear on the high points of relief with the possibility for a trace of mint luster remaining.
On the obverse side of Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles is a depiction of Lady Liberty. Created by Christian Gobrecht, the vision of Liberty shown here is a left-profile relief with 13 stars around the design element and a coronet crown in Liberty’s hair. The date mark features at the bottom of the coin.
The reverse field of 1857 Gold Liberty Half Eagles comes with an image of the heraldic eagle. I this early version of the design, the eagle is set in front-facing relief with the US National Shield on its chest. The bird clutches an olive branch of peace and the arrows of war in its talons.
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