Christian Gobrecht's Coronet design is called the Liberty Head type. The obverse depicts a female head facing left, her hair tied in a bun secured by a string of beads, wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY, stars surrounding, with the date below. The reverse shows an eagle with a shield on its breast, perched on an olive branch and holding three arrows. The inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FIVE D. surrounds.
In 1866, the Liberty Half Eagle was modified by adding the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a ribbon above the eagle on the reverse. Mintage of the with-motto style was continuous at the Philadelphia Mint, with additional coins being made at San Francisco, Carson City, New Orleans and in 1906 and 1907, at the new Denver Mint. Combined with the earlier no motto style, the Liberty Half eagle is the only coin to be struck at all seven of the traditional U.S. mints.
$5.00 Liberty Head (1839-1908)
Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Weight: 8.24 grams
Diameter: 21.6mm millimeters
Mints: Philadelphia, Carson City, Denver, New Orleans, San Francisco
Two different design variations
Type 1, No Motto (1839-1866)
Type 2, Motto Above Eagle (1866-1908)