Category Archives: Half Eagles

So You’ve Decided to Collect Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner As a companion piece to the Sunnyvale Collection of Classic Head half eagles that they offered for sale in mid-October 2020, Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) creating a guide for assembling a set of these interesting coins. * * * Classic Head half eagles were struck from […]

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A Memorable 1892-O Half Eagle: Doug Winter

Despite its low mintage of just 10,000 coins, the 1892-O half eagle is a coin that doesn’t receive a lot of love, even from New Orleans gold specialists. This is likely because it is lumped in with the 1893-O and the 1894-O, which are much more available. The rarity profile of the 1892-O is far […]

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Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1835 Classic Head $5 Gold Eagle Description The Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5 MS-65 PL (NGC) McCloskey-3 Variety 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle. McCloskey-3. First Head, Small Date. MS-65 PL (NGC). This magnificent Gem 1835 Classic Head $5 gold half eagle is fully impressed with satin textured devices that offer appreciable contrast to well-mirrored […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit gold Coins -1907 Liberty Half Eagle Counterfeits Gold Coins  By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. […]

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Mackinaw Collection Now Open for Bidding at Heritage Auction

The latest month-long internet coin auction from Heritage features the Mackinaw Collection, consisting primarily of gold double eagles and half eagles with a smattering of other issues. Unusually, this auction also includes a few pieces of currency, which follows closely from the story of how the collection was assembled. This auction is open for bidding […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. Counterfeit Coin Detection By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… When we think of Counterfeit Coin Detection in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic […]

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Counterfeit Coins Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Counterfeit Coins – Reverse of a Denver Mint Indian Half Eagle By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The missing details on this $5 Indian reveal it to be in the category of counterfeit coins. One common technique used by authenticators  on the lookout for counterfeit coins is to assess a coin’s level of detail. This can […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Early Overdate 1802/1 Half Eagle

A substantial mintage for the time of 53,176 Capped Bust Right half eagles occurred in 1802, all using leftover obverse dies from the previous year that have a 2 punched over the final digit in the date. Eight die varieties are known for the date. In our current March 14-16 Dallas Signature Auction we are […]

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CAC coins bring premiums in auctions in June 2018

CAC-approved coins continue to realize higher prices at auction than their non-CAC counterparts. Here are 10 examples, among many, that could be listed:

On June 11, the Goldbergs auctioned an MS-64 1892-O quarter with a CAC sticker for $780

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1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle BD-2 Featured Highlight of Stack’s Bowers Direct

1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4+. Close 5D. MS-65 (PCGS). On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared war on the United Kingdom in response to the impressment of American sailors and interference in America’s expansion westward, thus precipitating an armed conflict that would last the next two-and-a-half years. In the midst of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest 1840-C Half Eagle Certified by PCGS

  Our current Long Beach Signature Auction features a monumental coin for Charlotte branch mint specialists — an 1840-C half eagle graded MS64+ by PCGS and endorsed for quality and originality by CAC. The Charlotte Mint began coining operations in 1838 and was only in its third year of production when it struck 18,992 Liberty […]

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U.S. Gold Coins – Unexpected Die Variety on Early U.S. Half Eagle

By David Stone – This article appeared in the Winter 2017-2018 edition of Heritage Magazine for the Intelligent Collector Die varieties of early U.S. Half Eagle have been studied intently by some of the most respected numismatic researchers of all time. By the early 1880s, John W. Haseltine and John Colvin Randall began systematically classifying early Half […]

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US Gold Coins – Mintmark Varieties of Dahlonega Half Eagles

By Doug Winter  for RareGoldCoins.com For variety collectors, the half eagles struck at the Dahlonega mint are fertile ground. There are a number of very interesting varieties, but currently just a handful of collectors appreciate them.   With the upcoming release of the third edition of my Dahlonega book, I feel that this situation may […]

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What Do “Original” Early US Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “original” is used and misused frequently by collectors and dealers alike. As a dealer who uses this term frequently, I am often asked what constitutes originality. I thought this concept would be illustrated with good quality images of four choice, original early gold […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – Generic Gold Coins Fall to Historic Lows

If you’re not picky, it’s a great time to look at century-old US Generic Gold coins By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In recent months, the value of United States generic gold coins has fallen to historic lows in relation to spot gold prices. Generic gold coins are defined as common-date United […]

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Heritage to sell Early $5 Half Eagles from Hutchinson Collection at FUN

1828 Capped Head Left Half Eagle, BD-4, MS62 By Heritage Auctions …….. Sometimes it is our pleasure as collectors to view one of our consignments and appreciate it for the numismatic accomplishment that it is. Such it is with The Hutchinson Collection, a collection of early half eagles by variety that will be offered as […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit 1907 Liberty Half Eagle By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most Nineteenth and Twentieth Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. Laws enacted to strengthen the economy […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… When we think of counterfeiting in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic value. This wasn’t always the […]

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US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most […]

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Legend Market Report – Houston Show – Coin Markets – $5 Indian Gold Coins

THE HOUSTON SHOW This can be a very “hit or miss” type of coin show. We classify this show as a smaller state type of affair. It is very well run. There usually is a small group of “national level” dealers who do attend because its the only game in town at the time. Plus, […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 9 – US Gold Coin Rarities Bring Strong Prices

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #298 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The second in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Collection was conducted by Stacks-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, on September 30, at Sotheby’s world headquarters in […]

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Pogue II: Rare Coin Market Roars; a Look at the Numbers

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. The Night That Was On Wednesday evening, Stack’s Bowers, in a limited partnership with Sotheby’s, offered the second grouping of coins from the D. Brent Pogue family collection. The second sale featured 105 lots and focused most of its attention on Capped Bust half dollars, Flowing Hair dollars, Capped Bust […]

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US Gold Coin Collecting Strategies – Ten Reasons Why Fives Are the New Tens

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Half eagles aren’t my favorite denomination per se but, from a coin collecting point of view, they make a lot of sense to me and on many different levels. If we look at the various US gold coin denominations from a macro perspective, I think it’s safe […]

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Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

One of the many superlative coins in Heritage’s 2015 January 7 – 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction in Orlando is a breathtaking 1795 five dollar gold piece. Graded MS66 by NGC, it is not just the finest-certified 1795 half eagle seen by either of the leading grading services, it is the single finest graded […]

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US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner It has been a number of years since I’ve written about New Orleans Liberty Head half eagles and given the popularity of this series, I thought it would be nice to finish out 2014 with a fairly in-depth look at these coins. We will not only discuss […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

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