Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 


Premium Gem 1916-S Half Eagle
Only the Single O'Neal Example Finer at PCGS

1916-S $5 MS66 PCGS. CAC. With the buildup to the Great War and the beginning of hostilities, international trade stilled, and the United States, despite its professed neutrality at the start, experienced its own consequences. As demand for American gold coinage dwindled, so did total mintages for various denominations. For half eagles, production across all mints stayed nearly steady from 1914 to 1915, but only San Francisco struck five dollar gold pieces in 1916, and its mintage of 240,000 pieces was less than a third of the previous year's total. The half eagle was also the last denomination to resume production, with the isolated issue of 1929 acting as both its return and its farewell.
Despite its low mintage, the 1916-S is available for a price in lesser Mint State grades; Garrett and Guth (2006) allude to a hoard of hundreds of examples. Better representatives, however, prove elusive; while even Gems command only a minor premium over type, MS66 coins are highly coveted and in exceedingly short supply. NGC and PCGS have graded only five such pieces including a single MS66+ that we offered in the Jim O'Neal Collection (Heritage, 1/2011), lot 5155, with none finer in the combined certified populations (11/11). That coin brought a strong $97,750.
The coloration of this outstanding MS66 PCGS example is its most striking feature, with warm orange-gold surfaces that shift to sun-yellow and rose at parts of the margins. The devices are sharply struck, and the only softness is present on the mintmark. Though a handful of tiny flaws are evident, the overall preservation of this piece is magnificent, and the eye appeal is simply marvelous. Though Heritage has offered this issue in the past, it is impossible to say when an opportunity to acquire an MS66 (or MS66+) representative may come again.
Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 3230, which realized $57,500.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 28DY, PCGS# 8532)

Service and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  | PCGS Guarantee of Grade and Authenticity  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
January, 2012
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 5
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 419

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your

Consignments wanted

Only 10 days left to consign to the 2015 October 29 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York!

Learn about consigning with us

It goes without saying that after the auction when we had a chance to have dinner together and get to know each other it even made it a better experience for me. I look forward to getting more involved with Heritage in the Future.
Eric King,
Albany, NY
View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit:

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $34,801,934
2015 August 13 ANA World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction
2015 August 13 ANA World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction
REALIZED $9,698,676
2015 August 13 ANA Currency Platinum Night Auction - Chicago
2015 August 13 ANA Currency Platinum Night Auction - Chicago
REALIZED $1,870,380

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved