1860-D $5 Large D (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908



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Christian Gobrecht
21.65 millimeters
8.36 grams
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 5 R-9.7 2 / 112 2 / 218
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.7
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 2 / 112
60 or Better 1 / 112
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 2 / 218
60 or Better 1 / 218
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade
1 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU55 PCGS grade
6 AU53 PCGS grade
6 AU53 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#3 AU55 PCGS grade
#6 AU53 PCGS grade
#6 AU53 PCGS grade
Doug Winter: Despite having one of the lower mintage figures of any Dahlonega half eagle, the 1860-D is actually one of the more obtainable dates in the series. There have been a number of choice, high grade examples which have appeared for sale in the past few years.

The 1860-D half eagle is a relatively obtainable coin which is most often seen in Extremely Fine grades. It is more available in the lower About Uncirculated grades than its small figure would suggest. It becomes rare in the higher About Uncirculated grades and it is extremely rare in full Mint State.

STRIKE: The 1860-D half eagle shows a better overall quality of strike than the 1855-1859 Dahlonega issues. On the obverse, the hair below IBER is often flat while the rest of the hair is sharper. Some also show noticeable weakness on the curl below the ear of Liberty. Many of the stars are sharp and have full radial lines but it is common for some to be flat at the centers. The reverse shows weakness on the lower part of the eagle’s neck and on the leg feathers. The rims are rounded and have a beveled appearance but this is less pronounced than on the 1853-1859 Dahlonega half eagles.

SURFACES: Most show numerous abrasions. The obverse, in particular, is often very heavily abraded and has a choppy appearance. I have seen a number that had dark, mint-made grease stains in the planchet and others with reddish-purple toning spots.

COLORATION: The natural coloration of the 1860-D half eagle is usually medium green-gold or rich orange-gold. Uncleaned, original examples show very appealing color. There are not many remaining pieces with full, undisturbed color.

LUSTER: This date has above-average luster. On high grade, uncleaned pieces, the luster is typically very frosty.

EYE APPEAL: There are some very attractive examples in existence. The collector who is seeking a well struck, lustrous 1860-D with good aesthetic appeal should be able to locate a nice coin with some patience.

DIE VARIETIES: Two die varieties are known to exist.

Variety 38-EE: Large Mintmark. On the obverse, the date is small and it is placed low in the field. The reverse is very similar to that as described for 1859-D.

Variety 37-EE: The mintmark is slightly higher than on reverse W.

This is by far the rarer of the two varieties.

Variety 38-FF: Medium Mintmark. The obverse is the same as on the other variety of this year. The mintmark is close to the branch and the feather. It is tilted slightly to the right and placed above the upright of the extreme left edge of the E in FIVE.

This is the more common variety.
Gordon Wrubel: Quickfinder Notes: Since the position of the D under the eagle is nearly identical to the Medium D, the best way to determin the Large D mint mark is to look at the SHAPE of the D. The Large D mint mark appears to be TALLER than it is WIDE. The Medium D appears to be WIDER than it is TALL.