Philadelphia and San Francisco gold coins from the Civil War reconstruction era (1866-1878)
1871 $5

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Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: HALF EAGLES - CORONET
Item Description: $5 1871
Full Grade: NGC AU 58
Owner: Desert Gold

Owner Comments:

With the mints focusing on double eagle coinage, lower denomination gold pieces were largely ignored, hence only 3,200 half eagles were struck at Philadelphia in 1871. Many of that number saw extensive circulation, which makes this AU58 example one of a select few. This sharply struck piece exhibits lovely orange-yellow toning, and lots of gleaming luster in the fields. The surfaces show a number of light abrasions, but none are particularly noteworthy. A delightful, better grade example of this rare issue.

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