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1903-S Coronet Half Eagle

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1903-S Coronet Half Eagle

By the turn of the present century, the designs appearing on United States gold coins were all at least 50 years old. The half eagle, or five-dollar piece, featured a design by Christian Gobrecht, who had died way back in 1844! Its obverse bears a classical bust of Liberty, while its reverse is dominated by a heraldic eagle posed in a quite unnatural stance. The only change made over the intervening years was the addition of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST in 1866.

The San Francisco Mint had its hands full in 1903 coining the abundance of bullion emanating from both the Klondike and Cripple Creek gold mining regions (this mint's letter 'S' appears beneath the eagle). The 1903-S five-dollar piece enjoyed a fairly large mintage, and ordinary Mint State examples are common. The specimen presented here, however, is no ordinary coin. It is a nearly perfect gem. Deep, frosty luster radiates from either side, providing a delightful "cartwheel" effect when this glorious gold piece is examined under a light.


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NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

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Coin Grading Guide: From 1 to 70

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Numismatic Bibliography

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