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au fine1908 gold us liberty gold coin CO1462

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Referred to as the Liberty Half Eagle, the US $5 gold piece holds the distinction of being the only coin of any denomination or strike to be minted at all seven of the national US Mints.

Minted from 1866 to 1908,  the $5 Liberty depicts the crowned image of Lady Liberty on the obverse,  surrounded by 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies.

On the reverse is the traditional bald eagle image, with a shield on its breast, clasping three arrows in its left talon (sinister) and an olive branch in its right (dexter),  symbolizing the power of Congress to bring both war and peace, respectively. The eagle’s head is turned to the right, signaling its preference for peace

. On an interesting side note, the seal for the President of the United States was virtually the same, except the eagle faced the talon holding the arrows. In 1945, Harry S Truman changed it so that the seals were the same.

Christian Gobrecht, most famous for the “seated liberty” design seen on dimes, quarters,  and half dollars during this era, designed the Liberty series presented here.