So You’ve Decided to Collect Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coins…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – ……

As a companion piece to the Sunnyvale Collection of Classic Head half eagles that they offered for sale in mid-October 2020, Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) creating a guide for assembling a set of these interesting coins.

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Classic Head half eagles were struck from 1834 through 1838. They form a bridge between the early gold issues (those struck from 1795 through 1834) and the ubiquitous Liberty Head issues, struck from 1839 through 1908.A basic set of Classic Head half eagles contains eight coins: six issues from Philadelphia (the 1834 is found with a Plain 4 and a Crosslet 4 ), and one each from Charlotte and Dahlonega . None of these is rare from the standpoint of overall availability, but the two branch mint coins are very scarce in higher grades as is the 1834 Crosslet 4. As a rule, the Philadelphia coins […]

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