Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 42
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $314.42 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 $5 PF obverse 1881 $5 PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

If the business strike 1881 is known for its commonness, the proof 1881 owes its desirability to rarity. The Philadelphia Mint produced just 42 proof half eagles this year, and Garrett-Guth state only 15 to 20 individual pieces are known today.

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1881 $5 PF
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: 64
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/14/2008 NGC PF 66   Cameo Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1261 $43,700.00
9/14/2008 NGC PF 65   Cameo Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1262 $33,350.00
2/1/2009 NGC PF 64   Cameo Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1482 $21,275.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5128 $48,875.00
1/5/2011 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5127 $37,375.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $5 PF
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1881 $5 PF Cameo
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1881 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
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