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Why order this 1881 $5 Gold Liberty Head Half Eagle?
Christian Gobrecht's LIberty Head coinage dominated American commerce for much of the 19th century. While less known today than Morgan Silver Dollars and not as highly acclaimed as the Saint-Gaudens, the coins are an iconic piece of the nation's history so much so that just about every collection of historic American coins has at least one of these pieces. This specimen was struck in 1881 from from 8.36 g of .900 fine gold at the Philadelphia Mint and comes from a mintage of 5,708,760 pieces.
1881 was a big year for the United States of America. Not only were Cecil B. Demille and Pablo Picasso born, but the year also included Kansas becoming the first state to ban alcohol, a predecessor to prohibition, and James Garfield being sworn in as the 20th President of the United States of America, only to be assassinated later that same year. Other notable events in 1881 include the founding of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton and the famous gunfight between Doc Holiday and the gang at the OK Corral in Tombstone Arizona.
Featuring the Iconic Liberty Design of Christian Gobrecht
Christian Gobrecht created both of the designs that appear on this coin. The obverse bears a portrait of Liberty, the allegorical figure who has long represented the Untied States on coinage. She wears a coronet that bears an inscription of her name, "LIBERTY." Her hair is tied back with pearls save for a few curls, which fall down. Her effigy is encircled by thirteen stars, which represent the original states, and the date, "1881."
On the reverse is a union shield that is guarded by an eagle. The national bird has its head turned to the side and its wings stretched out toward the edge. In its talons are arrows, symbols of America's willingness to defend her values when necessary, and an olive branch, a symbol of peace. The national motto, "IN GOD WE TRUST," is inscribed on a ribbon that unfurls above the bird's head. Rim inscriptions offer the name of the issuing country, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and the face value of the coin, "FIVE D."
Well Preserved MS63
This coin earned a Mint State 63 grade from the experts at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). That grade means that a coin has about an average strike.
Don't miss your chance to own this $5 Gold 1881 Liberty Head Half Eagle.
|Year of Issue:||1881|
|Weight in Grams:||7.5231 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.2419 oz|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Liberty Head Half Eagle design|
|Reverse Design:||Eagle facing left|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||John Reich|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||Christian Gobrecht|