1848-1852 $5 Gold Liberty No Motto 3-Coin Set PCGS XF45 Rive d’Or

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Vintage Gold Liberties From the Rive d’Or Collection

In 1848, the cry of “Eureka” rang out through the cool January air in Sutter Creek near Coloma, California. The California Gold Rush was on! This single discovery is one of the most historic events in 19th century America – and you can own a small piece of that discovery when you secure this enticing $5 Gold Liberty set from the Rive d’Or Collection – a hoard of vintage U.S. gold coins that escaped the melting pots overseas.

Struck as a direct result of the California Gold Rush, these coins come minted in highly pure 90% fine American gold and feature the bust of Liberty facing left, while the reverse features a spread eagle holding an olive branch and arrows. Struck during the first years of the California Gold Rush, this three-coin set includes $5 Gold Liberty Half Eagle coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1848, 1951 and 1852. These coins are the “No Motto” type appearing without the IN GOD WE TRUST motto that was later part of a ribbon engraved above the Eagle on coins struck beginning in 1866 following the Civil War.

Each has also been graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as being in Extremely Fine-45 (XF45) condition, a grade that indicates these coins actually changed hands multiple times in commerce. Who knows what adventures they experienced before, during and after the Civil War? What we do know for sure is that they found their way across the Atlantic Ocean where they were ultimately discovered in the Rive d’Or Hoard – a significant piece of history which may have just saved these coins from the melting pots!

The Rive d’Or Hoard – which literally means “The Bank of Gold Hoard” – was a collection of gold coins discovered in a Paris bank vault after World War II. The collection had been carefully amassed over decades and time and time again saw Europe ravaged by war and economic hard times. Evidently the people who had assembled the hoard had learned the hard way that keeping a stash of gold was a tremendous insurance policy against war and ruin. Adding American gold coins to this hoard proved to be no problem since during the 1800s and early 1900s U.S. gold coins were often sent to Europe as part of large business transactions.

So, while vintage U.S. gold was being worn down in commerce and/or melted in America, these coins survived for more than a century locked in a vault in Europe where it had been pieced together by a collector seeking financial security. When the treasures of the Rive d’Or Hoard were finally released in 2008, it contained many gold coins from the United States that were acquired before, during and after WWII as well as many other world coins from the 19th and 20th centuries.

These coins are some of the lucky few to have survived the melting pots, and each is a historic piece of U.S. history for you to hold in your hands. Just two 3-coin sets have been assembled. Hurry and secure yours now!

  • COINS FROM THE FAMOUS RIVE D’OR HOARD – Your 1848-1852 $5 Gold Liberty Three-Coin Set comes from the famous Rive d’Or Hoard (Bank of Gold Hoard), one of the most famous – and massive – gold coin hoards discovered in Europe since the end of World War II.
  • POPULAR, LONG-RUNNING DESIGN – The $5 Gold “Liberty Head” Half Eagle was designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht and was issued for circulation from 1839 to 1908. The coins in this offer were struck from 1848-1852 and are the “No Motto” type appearing without the IN GOD WE TRUST motto that was later part of a ribbon engraved above the Eagle on coins struck beginning in 1866.
  • STRUCK IN FINE GOLD – These Gold Half Eagles were each minted in 8.359 grams of 90% fine gold and measure 21.6 mm in diameter.
  • LEGAL-TENDER U.S. COINAGE – Each Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle has a legal-tender face value of $5. Gold coins like this were widely circulated and used by people every day for transactions large and small.
  • HIGH GRADE CONDITION – Each coin in your 1848-1852 $5 Gold Liberty Three-Coin Set has been certified and graded by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as being in remarkable Extremely Fine-45 (XF45) condition.
  • SCARCE, HARD-TO-FIND COINS – Millions of these gold coins were melted in 1933 after President Franklin D Roosevelt recalled gold coins from the public in 1933. Millions more were lost to international business transactions where they were more often than not melted or hidden away and forgotten in foreign bank vaults.

Struck more than 165 years ago as America wrestled with what to do about the institution of slavery, these coins have finally returned from Europe and are just waiting to join your collection. Click this three-coin set to your cart and make it a prized addition to your own personal hoard!

Country United States
Composition Gold
Purity 0.9000
Condition Graded
Grade XF45
Pedigree Rive d'Or
Denomination 5.00
Currency Type Dollar
Coin Weight 8.359 Grams - g
Dimensions 22.5mm