Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 118,143
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $324.05 (7/12/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 $5 MS obverse 1839 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

First year of the new design half eagle created by Christian Gobrecht, and relatively common in circulated grades. Gobrecht's design became a staple of American commerce, being utilized on quarter eagles from 1840 to 1907, half eagles from 1839 to 1908, and eagles from 1838 to 1907. David Akers commented that 'high grade specimens, i.e. coins grading AU or Unc., are very rare and choice Mint State pieces are virtually unobtainable.' This commentary is equally appropriate today as it was when his words were written in 1979. There are possibly six or seven examples that are in the Mint State range.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1839 $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 600 650 750 1050 1050 1550 1800 2500 3550 4900 7750 18750 32000 64000 - - - - - -
$ 1250 1650 2050 3000 3900 6000 10600 22000 37500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 229
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/28/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2084, 2084/Lot# 2195 $1,568.00
3/13/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 78, 83/Lot# 1293 $517.50
10/2/2007 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 9756 $805.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4891 $24,150.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4275 $14,950.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5855 $1,086.88
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1744 $1,265.00
3/23/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180242 $1,430.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9481015108411381198151517111886242527163089330739225825757096801309319786302904692411
97010381102115813031580176920652522284031613512455664068273108171532423287358344692410
000000176920652522284031613512455664068273108171532423287358344692400
000000182722452619296432343717519069888976119551755526788413794692400
1839 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base100710761149120612691600180319852544284632313457409260537847100111350820348310594798611
103011001168122713791667186321712644297433063668474566518568111761578823918367014798610
000000186321712644297433063668474566518568111761578823918367014798600
000000192423572745310233813880539972499289123421806827488423434798600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 5825
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2716
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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