Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 18,000
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $315.73 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $5 MS obverse 1861 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint delivered two 1861-dated obverse dies to the San Francisco Mint in November 1860, followed by a third in June of the following year. Mated with leftover reverse dies, these obverses produced a mere 18,000 1861-S Half Eagles. Since this was a workhorse issue, like most S-mint gold coins from this era, it should come as no surprise that the typically offered grade among survivors is only VF or XF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1861 S $5 MS
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Base $ 875 1000 1500 1950 5250 5250 9250 14000 19500 24500 - - - - - - - - - - -
$ 6000 11000 16500 21500 28000 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58


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8/9/2014 VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8738
8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4104
8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 4105


Auction Prices Realized

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6/1/1996 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1996 May/June Long Beach Sale #157, 157/Lot# 7337 $4,950.00
4/6/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1038, 1038/Lot# 2038 $3,587.00
9/15/2003 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1143 $1,150.00
6/24/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/24/2012, 28/Lot# 58448 $3,752.10
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3415 $5,581.25
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7082 $5,287.50
2/27/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5518 $2,173.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $5 MS
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1114842016344342525086607167227365958216584282184805466314111110
00000042525086607167227365958216584282184805466314111100
000000447354786272697275081151319724335715718466314111100
1861 S $5 MS Prooflike
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