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5 Dollar Gold Coin

United States Half Eagle

The Half Eagle is a 5 dollar gold coin produced by the United States Mint from 1795 to 1929. They were authorized by the Act of April 2, 1792.

The half eagle was the first gold coin actually struck for the United States.

There are several varieties of Half Eagle 5 dollar gold coins due to changes in the number of stars on the coin as well as changes to the style of the eagle on the reverse. Overdates and differences in the size of the numbers in the dates account for still more varieties.

Information about the major designs of the Half Eagle is available below.





Turban Head $5 Half Eagle Gold Coin (1795-1807)

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Turban Head
Half Eagle

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Turban Head Half Eagle - Small Eagle
Small Eagle Reverse
1795-1798
Turban Head Half Eagle - Heraldic Eagle
Heraldic Eagle Reverse
1795-1807

Turban Head Half Eagles are 5 dollar gold coins produced by the United States Mint from 1795 to 1807.

Like their Quarter Eagle Counterpart, they feature Liberty wearing a turban-like cap. They also share with the Quarter Eagle the fact that many were melted down for their gold content.

There are several rare varieties in this coin series, but the major varieties are:

  • Capped Bust right small eagle - 1795-1798
  • Capped Bust right heraldic eagle - 1795-1807

These 5 dollar gold coins are expensive due to their rarity, however it is possible to put together a date set if you have a budget that will allow it.

A collection including all major die varities, however, would be near impossible due to the extremely rare (only 7 are known to exist) 1798 plain eagle reverse.

Information about designer, weight, composition, diameter, and mints is listed in a table further down. Click here to go there now.







Capped Bust $5 Half Eagle Gold Coin (1807-1834)

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Capped Bust
Half Eagle

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Capped Bust Half Eagle -
Capped Bust left
1807-1812
Capped Bust Half Eagle -
Capped Head left
large - 1813-1829 - 25 mm
reduced - 1829-1834 - 23.8 mm

Although the Capped Bust Half Eagle is a relatively short series of 5 dollar gold coins, this series does contains some of the most rare and valuable U.S. gold coin types.

However, nice examples of the more common dates are available at fairly reasonable prices, considering that they are gold coins.

There are three major types of Capped Bust Half Eagles are:

  • Capped Bust left - 1807-1812
  • Capped Head left large size - 1813-1829
  • Capped Head left small size - 1829-1834

Information about designer, weight, composition, diameter, and mints is listed in a table further down. Click here to go there now.







Classic Head $5 Half Eagle Gold Coin (1834-1838)

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Classic Head
Half Eagle

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Classic Head Half Eagle

The Classic Head Half Eagle 5 dollar gold coin shares the same design as the Classic Head Quarter Eagle depicting Liberty with a ribbon in her curly hair.

These 5 dollar gold coins were minted in higher numbers, however, making them more affordable to collectors than their $2.50 counterpart.

It is possible for interested collectors to put together a complete set of the Classic Head Half Eagle series.

The 1938 coins from the Charlotte and Dahlonega mints are the most scarce of this series, but they are still affordable, considering that they are gold coins.

Information about designer, weight, composition, diameter, and mints is listed in a table further down. Click here to go there now.







Liberty Head $5 Half Eagle Gold Coin (1839-1908)

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Liberty Head
Half Eagle

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Liberty Head Half Eagle - No Motto
No Motto
1839-1866
Liberty Head Half Eagle - With Motto
With Motto
1866-1908

The Liberty Head Half Eagle, sometimes referred to as the $5 Coronet Head, were produced by the U.S. Mint from 1839 to 1908.

They are one of the longest running coin series and the only denomination that was produced at all seven United States branch mints.

These 5 dollar gold coins saw little change in their 69 years of production.

In 1840 Liberty's head was slightly modified and the diameter of the coin was decreased to 21.6 mm.

Then in 1866 the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse.

The Liberty Head Half Eagle was widely used by the American public at a time when $5 was often the amount of a weeks wages.

There are two basic types of Liberty Head Half Eagle:

  • Variety 1 - No Motto Above Eagle (1839-1866)
  • Variety 2 - Motto Above Eagle (1866-1908)

These coins are extremely rare in the better conditions.

Information about designer, weight, composition, diameter, and mints is listed in a table further down. Click here to go there now.







Indian Head $5 Half Eagle Gold Coin (1908-1929)

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Indian Head
Half Eagle

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Indian Head Half Eagle

The Indian Head Half Eagle, like the Indian Head Quarter Eagle, has an incuse design. These are the only two U.S. Coins with an incuse design.

The term incuse, for a coin design, means that instead of the design of the coin being raised above the surface as with other coins, it is actually stamped into the metal of the coin.

Indian Head 5 dollar gold coins are all reasonably priced for gold coins, with the exception of the 1929 which is scarce.

You could probably find one without a whole lot of trouble, but expect to pay several thousand dollars for it.

Information about designer, weight, composition, diameter, and mints is listed in a table further down. Click here to go there now.







Half Eagle ($5)
Years Minted Turban Head - 1795-1807
Capped Bust - 1807-1834
Classic Head - 1834-1838
Liberty-head - 1839-1908
Indian-head - 1908-1929
Designer Turban Head - Robert Scot
Capped Bust - John Reich
Classic Head - William Kneass
Liberty-head - Christian Gobrecht
Indian-head - Bela Lyon Pratt
Weight Turban Head - 8.75 grams
Capped Bust - 8.75 grams
Classic Head - 8.36 grams
Liberty-head - 8.359 grams
Indian-head - 8.359 grams
Composition Turban Head - .9167 gold, .0833 silver and copper
Capped Bust - .9167 gold, .0833 silver and copper
Classic Head -
          1834-1836 - .8992 gold, .1008 silver and copper
          1837-1838 - .900 gold, .100 copper
Liberty-head - .900 gold, .100 copper
          (net weight: .24187 oz. pure gold)
Indian-head - .900 gold, .100 copper
          (net weight: .24187 oz. pure gold)
Diameter Turban Head - 25 mm
Capped Bust - 25 mm
          1829-1834 - 23.8 mm
Classic Head - 22.5 mm
Liberty-head -
          1839-1840 - 22.5 mm
          1840-1908 - 21.6 mm
Indian-head - 21.6 mm
Edge All - reeded
Mints Turban Head - Philadelphia
Capped Bust - Philadelphia
Classic Head - Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega
Liberty-head -
          Variety 1 - Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahlonega,
           New Orleans, San Francisco
          Variety 2 - Philadelphia, Carson City, Denver,
           New Orleans, San Francisco
Indian-head - Philadelphia, Denver, New Orleans,
           San Francisco



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