Half Eagles - Classic Head
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1834  Crosslet 4  $5NGC VF-35 $ 2875
1837  $5PCGS MS-61 7130
1838   $5NGC AU-53 1550

Half Eagles - Liberty, NO MOTTO
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1839  $5PCGS MS-62 $ 20700
1843 D  $5NGC AU-55 3505
1846 LARGE DATE Large Date  $5NGC AU-58 1150
1850 D  $5NGC VF-20 1840
1852   $5NGC XF-45 605
1861  $5PCGS MS-61 1725
1861  $5PCGS MS-61 1725

Half Eagles - Liberty, MOTTO
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1881  $5PCGS MS-65 $ 1580
1881 S  $5NGC MS-63 650
1882-S  $5PCGS MS-64 755
1891   $5NGC MS-62 645
1891  $5PCGS MS-64 3160
1892   $5NGC MS-64 1005
1892   $5NGC MS-65 2185
1894  $5PCGS MS-64 910
1899 S  $5NGC MS-66 Fresh!14145
1902-S  $5PCGS MS-65 1610

Half Eagles - Indian Head
 DATEGRADEDESCRIPTIONPRICE
1908  $5PCGS MS-65 $ 7360
1908  Indian Type  $5NGC MS-66 17825
1909 S  $5NGC AU-55 690
1911-D  $5PCGS MS-61 10525
1913 S  $5NGC AU-55 635
1914 S  $5NGC AU-58 760
1914-S  $5PCGS MS-62 4370
1916-S  $5PCGS MS-60 1150



Facts


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.