Half Eagles - Liberty, NO MOTTO
1839   $5NGC AU-58 $ 4200
1846 LARGE DATE Large Date  $5NGC AU-50 575
1846 LARGE DATE Large Date  $5NGC AU-53 600
1846 LARGE DATE Large Date  $5NGC AU-53+ 665
1846 LARGE DATE Large Date  $5NGC AU-55 635
1847   $5NGC AU-55 620
1847 MPD MPD FS-004 $5NGC XF-40 575
1847 MPD MPD FS-004 $5NGC AU-58 1240
1849/49   $5NGC VF-35 720
1856  $5PCGS AU-55 665

Half Eagles - Liberty, MOTTO
1877 S  $5NGC XF-40 $ 690
1881  $5PCGS MS-62 605
1881 88/88  FS-305  $5NGC MS-63 750
1881 88/88  VP-002  $5NGC MS-63 750
1884 S  $5NGC MS-62 480
1895 S  $5NGC AU-58 635
1897 S  $5NGC MS-61 550

Half Eagles - Indian Head
1908-D  $5PCGS MS-62 $ 690
1908-D  $5PCGS MS-63 950
1908-D  $5PCGS MS-64 2070
1912  $5PCGS MS-63 910


Designed by Christian Gobrecht including an adaptation of the Reich-Kneass eagle reverse. Also known as a "Liberty" $5 or Half Eagle. This was the workhorse of the Mint's production in the 1800s, with Coronet Half Eagles minted at each of the seven mints of the 19th Century - Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega, San Francisco, Carson City, and Denver. The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse as directed by the Mint Act of March 3, 1865.

Dr. William Bigelow conceived the idea of making coins with the main designs in relief, yet sunk below the coin's surfaces. After gaining the approval of his good friend, President Roosevelt, Bigelow persuaded Bela Lyon Pratt to submit designs for a new quarter eagle and half eagle using this technique. The result is two of the most striking designs in all of American numismatics.