United States, Five Dollars, Proof, 1834

United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty facing left, hair bound with a fillet, stars surrounding, date below. Reverse: Eagle, denomination. William Kneass was responsible for a new and altogether charming version of the Liberty head, employed on half and quarter eagles during the second half of the 1830s. For the first time since the 1790s, the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM was absent from the half eagle and its smaller relative. This was to distinguish the new coins from earlier ones. The older coins were now worth more than their stated value and were being exported and melted. Including this coin, eight proofs of the new 1834 half eagle are recorded. Collectors call this design the "Classic Head".
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Date made
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
gold (overall metal)
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struck (overall production method)
overall: dia. 22.5 mm; wt. 8.365 g
place of issue
United States
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Coins, Currency and Medals
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Political History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Government Transfer: US DOTT, USM
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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