Half Eagles - Liberty, NO MOTTO
1853 C  $5NGC AU-58 $ 4630
1857 C  $5NGC AU-55 3505

Half Eagles - Liberty, MOTTO
1880  $5PCGS MS-64 $ 955
1880  $5PCGS MS-64 955
1880  $5PCGS MS-64 955
1880  $5PCGS MS-64 895
1881-S  $5PCGS MS-64 1095
1891   $5NGC MS-62 720
1891  $5PCGS MS-62 720
1892   $5NGC MS-65 2185

Half Eagles - Indian Head
1908  Indian Type  $5NGC MS-66 $ 17825
1910 D  $5NGC MS-65 28175
1911 D  $5NGC AU-58 4255
1913-S  $5PCGS MS-63 10550


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.