After being struck by the United States Mint for 70 years, the vaunted Liberty Head design on the Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagle was minted for the final time in 1908. The last year of issue for the Liberty Half Eagle design brought to a close a chapter in American coining history that saw this piece circulate through American hands from the dawn of the American West to the Mexican-American War, from the Civil War to Reconstruction and the Industrial Revolution, and from the Gilded Age to the dawn of the 20th century. Today, 1908 Pre-33 Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Available to ship to you inside plastic flips!
- 1908 marks the final release of the Liberty Head design!
- The final year in the Half Eagle’s longest-running design!
- Offered in XF+ condition!
- Consists of .242 Troy ounces of actual gold content.
- The face value of $5 (USD) is fully backed by the US government.
- Lady Liberty graces the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle features on the reverse.
- Please note you may get coins that have the same conditions or varied conditions when you buy more than one.
The Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagle was introduced by the United States Mint in 1838. Designed by the 3rd Chief Engraver of the Mint, Christian Gobrecht, the design replaced the short-lived Classic Head design of Liberty that had been created just four years earlier. That design had been developed in 1834 by Gobrecht’s predecessor, 2nd Chief Engraver William Kneass.
All of these 1908 Pre-33 Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles are available to purchase in XF+ condition. A coin in Extremely Fine condition boasts only light wear or friction on the highest points of the coin with trace mint luster still visible. The coins will ship in protective plastic flips.
Please take a moment to note that we only guarantee the date mark, denomination, and design of the coin. The exact condition of the coin you receive will be determined by in-stock items when your payment clears. The coin or coins you receive may be in exact XF condition or slightly better, hence the XF+ designation. If you buy more than one, you may receive coins that are all in the same condition or with slight variations.
Lady Liberty graces the obverse side of 1908 Pre-33 Gold $5 Liberty Half Eagles. This design was created in 1838 and features Liberty with her hair in a bun, a coronet on her head, and strands of curls running down the side of her head and neck. A ring of 13 stars encircles her and the date mark is featured below.
The heraldic eagle is found on the reverse of 1908 Pre-33 Gold Liberty Half Eagles. This is the second version of the seal as it includes a banner with “In God We Trust” inscribed on it. This was added to various US denominations in 1866 following the Civil War.
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