1881 $5 Liberty Head Half Eagle PCGS MS66 (CAC)
When you look at the mintage of this issue, you would think that it is a common piece. Yes, 5,708,760 is a huge mintage, and PCGS has graded 21,550 of the 1881 coins. And in grades up to MS64 it is plentiful. However, in MS65 it is rare and in MS66 it becomes a super rarity: 3 in PCGS MS66 with a mere 1 finer (as of 3/2021). Plus its CAC certification makes this piece even more exceptional. Take a look at the images: fantastic yellow-gold coloration, booming luster, razor-sharp strike--there is hardly a blemish on it. This coin has everything going for it and more. Such a registry piece is found only in the finest numismatic holdings of U.S. gold coins. When a sophisticated numismatist comes upon such an example, he or she recognizes its exclusivity. The collector with available resources will jump at a chance to own this numismatic jewel. Just imagine the years of pleasure you will enjoy when you have this piece in your collection.
1881 $5 Liberty Head Half Eagle PCGS MS66 (CAC)--$22,950.00
We are pleased to present for consideration an extraordinary gold piece, one rarely offered in its assigned grade of MS66: an 1881 $5 Liberty half eagle. This is a conditional rarity par excellence, a coin of outstanding beauty. Gold expert David Akers tells us, "The 1881 has the highest mintage in the entire Half Eagle series and is very common in all grades. In fact, this is probably the most common $5 gold piece." However, it is quite far from common in the grade of MS66. In fact, it in that grade it becomes one of the most difficult of specimens to find in all of U.S. gold coinage.
Discussing the design found upon the Liberty Head half eagle, as well as the eagle, numismatic scholar and art critic Cornelius Vermeule writes, "Gobrecht executed new designs (1838) for the $10 denomination in gold, a coin known as an eagle. The bust of Liberty with an inscribed coronet in her hair that graced the obverse was to remain on the gold coinage until 1908. The reverse differed little from the design in use since 1807 on the $5 gold piece save that the wings of the eagle spread from one edge of the coin to the other. On the $5 gold piece, or half eagle ... this sober yet young and sympathetic head of Liberty was to vary only in details of tresses on the neck or strands of pearls in the bun on the back of the head."
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