Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 27,612
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.36 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 S $5 MS obverse 1865 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a slightly higher (by S-mint standards of the 1850s-1860s) mintage of 27,612 pieces, the 1865-S half eagle is as rare as the 1858-S, 1860-S, and 1863-S. This was a workhorse issue and the highest grade typically encountered is only in the VF range. In fact, Akers ranks the 1865-S second in the entire half eagle series according to condition rarity.

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Last Updated: 9/20/2013

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1865 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 800 900 1300 1850 3500 3500 6100 7700 9500 12750 18000 21750 27500 37500 67500 - - - - - -
$ 4250 6600 8200 10500 14000 20000 23750 30000 40000 75000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
10/22/1997 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 2036 $232.10
5/5/2000 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7663 $2,932.50
5/15/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 87: Lake Champlain & Colony Collections, 92/Lot# 1410 $6,451.50
6/12/2006 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 91, 96/Lot# 1199 $2,415.00
9/23/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3296 $7,475.00
10/23/2008 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 2120 $1,437.50
8/15/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3867 $862.50
2/2/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1167/Lot# 4786 $3,737.50
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4316 $13,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base145015051609196923683238381741724617504957026545704577048644106531354918239250123492411
146815391729210226583431393543204761526659836711726480179313116181511220496283163492410
000000393543204761526659836711726480179313116181511220496283163492400
000000405344684905548462646878748483309983125831667522754316203492400
1865 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base153115891697207224863386398443504810525459276794730879848949110091397418768256793577811
155016251822221027863585410645034958547862166965753383059635119971557221071290453577810
000000410645034958547862166965753383059635119971557221071290453577800
0000004228465651065702650571367758862710322129851717023375324113577800
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Grade: AG 3
Points: 1450
Owner: Keatsian
 
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