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1795 $5 Gold Half Eagle Tribute
An authentic 1795 gold half eagle could sell today for over $100,000! ==The significance of this highly prized coin is reflected by its impressive, unparalleled history== The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792, established the new US mint in Philadelphia, which soon became known as Ye Old Mint. However, gold coinage was not introduced until 1795 when the director of the mint, Henry William Desaussure, delivered America's first two gold coins to America's first president, George Washington. Designed by chief engraver Robert Scot, collectors today formally refer to the design of this half eagle as the capped bust to right obverse with small eagle reverse. The obverse features miss liberty facing right, wearing the traditional phrygian cap worn by freed slaves in ancient Rome to signify their emancipated status. Interestingly, during the 18th century, the red phrygian cap was held aloft on a pole during the revolutionary war and the French revolution and soon evolved into a symbol of liberty. The small eagle reverse is said to have been taken from a 1st century BC Roman onyx cameo depicting an eagle perched on a palm branch, it's wings outstretched, holding a circular wreath in its beak. There is no mark or indication of value since, at the time, gold coins were valued in the channels of commerce by their weight and metallic content.
1883-CC $5.00 NGC MS60
There are only five Half Eagles from the Carson City mint from the 1880's; the 1881-CC, 1883-CC, and 1884-CC are very rare in Uncirculated while the 1880-CC is scarce and the 1882-CC is somewhat available. The 1883-CC has an estimated five or six known in Uncirculated and most are in the MS60 to MS61 range.
The present example is totally fresh to the market. It was recently bought "over the counter" at a small coin shop in Florida and was sent to NGC where it was graded very conservatively by this firm. In fact, I am a little perplexed by the grade as MS60 coins are usually characterized by very abraded surfaces. This piece is incredibly clean and it has a totally fresh appearance with superb deep orange-gold and greenish colors. It is sharply struck and has the best eye appeal of any 1883-CC half eagle that I have seen in some time.
A small mint-made planchet flaw on the neck of Liberty is hard to see and it does not detract.
1866-S No Motto $5.00 NGC AU58
Only 9,000 examples of this variety were produced before word got to the San Francisco mint that the reverse of this denomination was to be changed to the new With Motto type. The 1866-S No Motto half eagle is rare in all grades and I have never seen or heard of one that I felt was fully Uncirculated (neither service has ever graded a Mint State 1866-S No Motto half eagle).
The present example is one of the two best that I've seen (along with the Bass coin). It has shimmering satiny luster below medium natural orange-gold color. Unlike most 1866-S half eagles, it has very few marks and it is likely that this coin never saw circulation; it just has some friction on the high spots. San Francisco half eagles are still unappreciated and coins like this, which is probably among the very finest known, do not get the respect that they deserve.
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