Half Eagles - Classic Head
1838  $5PCGS AU-55 $ 1870

Half Eagles - Liberty, NO MOTTO
1844 D  $5NGC AU-53 grey: 3250$ 3450
1848-C  $5PCGS AU-53 CU retail: 45003565
1849 C  $5NGC AU-58 5405
1855  $5PCGS AU-50 510
1857  $5PCGS MS-64 15525
1858-C  $5PCGS MS-60 8510

Half Eagles - Liberty, MOTTO
1882 CC  $5NGC AU-55 $ 3335

Half Eagles - Indian Head
1909  $5PCGS MS-63 $ 1265
1909 O  $5NGC AU-53 10350
1910 S  $5NGC AU-58 690
1911 S  $5NGC AU-58 490
1912  $5PCGS MS-63 895
1912  $5PCGS MS-64 2270
1913-S  $5PCGS MS-62 3680
1914   $5NGC MS-60 Call
1914 S  $5NGC AU-55 605


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.