$5 Gold Liberty Head 1839-1908


In the United States, Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht was strongly influenced by Neoclassicism, which was especially apparent in his use of the classically stylized head of Liberty on the Coronet half eagle, which replaced the Classic Head design in 1839. The obverse design of the new coin featured Liberty’s hair tied in a bun and secured by a string of beads. She also wore a coronet in her hair inscribed with the word LIBERTY. The simplicity of the design was largely unaffected by the addition of the date below the bust and thirteen stars around the perimeter. The series has only two major varieties referred to as “No Motto” which were issued from 1839-1866 and “With Motto” which were issued from 1866-1908.

Coin Features:

  • Contains .2419 oz of Gold.
  • The obverse features Liberty, facing left, encircled by 13 stars with the word “Liberty” on her hair band. The reverse features a heraldic eagle with a shield on its breast.
  • Designed by Christian Gobrecht
  • Metal Content: 0.2419 troy oz
  • Purity: .900
  • Thickness: 1.59 mm
  • Diameter: 21.6 mm

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