Rare Uncirculated Antique (1882) American Gold Half Eagle Coin Liberty Head San Francisco Mint (8.4g). In fantastic original condition with full lustre and detail as shown in 12 sets of photographs attached. Please browse all 12 photographs for size, weight and condition as they are self explanatory.
The half eagle is a United States coin that was produced for circulation from 1795 to 1929 and in commemorative and bullion coins since the 1980s. Composed almost entirely of gold, it has a face value of five dollars.
Its production was authorized by The Act of April 2, 1792, and it was the first gold coin minted by the United States. Production of the half eagle was suspended during World War I and not resumed until 1929, the final year of issue. The Liberty Head was designed by Christian Gobrecht (December 23, 1785 July 23, 1844) who was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar. He also designed the Gobrecht Dollar, which was struck in small quantities from 1836 to 1838 and later inspired the Flying Eagle cent.This Liberty Head or Coronet Head was used for nearly 70 years, from 1839 to 1908, with a modest change in 1866, when "In God We Trust" was placed on the reverse above the eagle. The Liberty Head half eagle holds the distinction of being the only coin of a single design to be minted at seven U. Mints: Philadelphia, Dahlonega, Charlotte, New Orleans, San Francisco, Carson City, and Denver. Prior to 1838 all half eagles were minted in Philadelphia because there were no other operating mints. In 1838, the Charlotte Mint and the Dahlonega Mint produced half eagles of the Coronet type in their first years of operation, and would continue to mint half eagles until 1861, their last year of operation.
The New Orleans Mint minted half eagles from 1840 to 1861. The San Francisco Mint first produced half eagles in 1854, its first year of operation, as did Carson City in 1870, and Denver in 1906. Proof coins were produced at Philadelphia from 1859 on.
The item "Uncirculated 1882 American Gold Half Eagle Coin Liberty Head San Francisco Mint" is in sale since Saturday, December 15, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins\Coins\United States\Dollars". The seller is "santoor-uk" and is located in Eccles, Greater Manchester. This item can be shipped worldwide.