Liberty Head $5 Half Eagle - A Coin Draped In Neoclassicism Art

In 1839, several coins were due for an update, including the Coronet, or Liberty Head $5 Half Eagle. Mint engraver Christian Gobrecht was a true disciple of the Neoclassicism art form. Gobrecht fixed his subjects in Classical Greco-Roman clothing and copied the stylized busts of known works by those ancient sculptors. Coronet coinage continued uninterrupted until 1908, a run of 70 years.