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Types of US Half Eagle Gold Coins

Updated on September 14, 2015

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Collecting US Half Eagle Gold Coins

US gold coins are a part of history. You can only find these coins in coin shops and usually at a premium. Everyone needs a gold coin in their collection, however, be careful of replica gold coins that are sometimes marketed as the real deal.

The Half Eagle Gold Coin is a five dollar gold coin, thus you can use it to buy five dollars worth of groceries. However, it is worth a lot more due to its gold content and collectability. The half eagle was the first gold coin minted by the United States and was minted from 1795 thru 1929, although no gold coins were minted between 1917 and 1928. The design has fluctuated over the years:

  • Turban Head, Small Eagle 1795-1798
  • Turban Head, Large Eagle 1795-1807
  • Draped Bust 1807-1812
  • Capped Head 1813-1834
  • Classic Head 1834-1838
  • Liberty Head Coronet, without motto 1839-1866
  • Liberty Head Coronet, with motto 1866-1908
  • Indian Head 1908-1916, 1929

Encyclopedia of United States Gold Coins

If you are looking to collect or invest in gold coins, the best place to start is the encyclopedia of US gold coins. It will tell you about each coin and the prices for each. As all coin collectors knows, year and mint mark do affect the value of coin. In addition, the price of gold has an affect as well.

Turban Head Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Turban Head Half Eagle Gold Coin comes in two types, the small eagle and the large eagle. The small eagle was minted from 1795 thru 1798, whereas the large eagle was minted throughout the Turban Head era from 1795 thru 1807.

Capped Draped Bust Half Eagle Gold Coin Facing Left

The Capped Draped Bust Half Eagle Gold Coin was minted from 1807 to 1812 and featured a round capped Liberty facing left.

Capped Head Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Capped Head Half Eagle Gold Coin was minted from 1813 thru 1834. It featured the same design as the Draped Head Half Eagle with much of the bust line removed. There are two versions of the Capped Head, the large diameter minted from 1813 to 1829, and the reduced diameter minted from 1829 to 1834

Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coin was minted from 1834 until 1838.

Liberty Head Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Liberty Head Half Eagle Gold Coing was minted in two versions. The first version from 1839 - 1866 was minted without the motto. The later version from 1867 - 1908 was minted with the motto.

Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Indian Head Half Eagle Gold Coins were minted from 1908 thru 1915. Gold coins were no longer produced during World War 1. In 1929, the Indian Head Half Eagle was minted for one year before being discontinued.

The Indian Head is a unique coin as its flat parts are higher than the design. This is different on most coins where the design is raised higher than the flat parts.

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