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Gold Half Eagle
Coronet Head

1904 United States Gold Half Eagle

.900 Gold

The USA is a relatively young country, and its first regular issue of gold coins started in 1795. Although most of them have an eagle as a major part of their design, for some reason the $10 piece acquired the name eagle, and the other sizes as double eagles, half eagles, and quarter eagles. The five dollar gold pieces are therefore known as half eagles.
Coronet or Liberty Head half eagles were made from 1839 through 1908

1904 United States Gold Half Eagle Reverse

1904 United States Gold Half Eagle Obverse

United States of America, Gold $5
Mintage
392,136

In 1866 the Coronet style was modified by adding the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a ribbon above the eagle on the reverse. Apart from this, the motif with Liberty Head on the obverse and perched eagle on the reverse is the same used in earlier years. Mintage of the with-motto style was continuous at the Philadelphia Mint during the span indicated. Additional coins were made at San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans, and, in 1906 and 1907, at the new Denver Mint. The latter were coined primarily from metal from the Cripple Creek Gold District about 75 miles distant from the mint.


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Composition: .900 Gold
.100 Copper
Gold Content: 0.2419 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 8.359 grams
Size: 21.6 mm
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Chard Tax Free Gold

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Gold Coins of the World
From 600AD to Present

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1980
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