With the 1848 $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Coin, you are transported back to the era of the California Gold Rush. Long before the borders of the US officially stretched from sea to shining sea, California was a sparsely populated region. The California Gold Rush that started in 1848 would eventually drive hundreds of thousands of people westward. The availability of coins such as these nearly two centuries later thanks, in part, to the Fairmont Collection. Right now, 1848 Pre-33 $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives inside PCGS protective plastic slabs!
- Struck at the onset of the California Gold Rush!
- Less than 261,000 coins were originally struck in 1848!
- Limited availability of certified coins!
- Contains .242 Troy oz of actual gold content.
- Bears a face value of $5 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Issued an XF45 certification by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
- Lady Liberty on the obverse.
- Heraldic eagle on the reverse.
- Repatriated to the US in the Fairmont Collection!
Each of these 1848 Pre-33 $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagle coins comes to you with an Extremely Fine 45, or XF45, certification. Coins in this condition are higher on the XF scale and have light wear patterns only on the highest relief points with some traces of the original mint luster still present.
Fairmont Collection coins are those that found their way to European banks as a part of international commerce between the United States and Europe. In the 2010s, troves of historic US gold coins were discovered sitting in European bank vaults and repatriated to the United States.
The majority of the Fairmont Collection Eagles were from the Eagle and Half Eagle denominations, with just a few thousand, repatriated to the United States. Among those, just a few hundred have earned Mint State grades.
Lady Liberty is on the obverse of these 1848 Pre-33 Liberty Gold Half Eagles. This design shows the bust of Liberty in left-profile relief. The heraldic eagle is on the reverse of the 1848 $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagles. This design shows the bald eagle supporting a small US national shield while clutching the arrows of war and the olive branch of peace.
1848 Pre-33 $5 Liberty Gold Half Eagle harkens back to the California Gold Rush, a gold discovery that alters the course of American history. These Philadelphia Mint specimens are rare when compared to the prior date, with 1847 coins from Philadelphia numbering 915,000 coins in total.
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