Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $311.57 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 $5 MS obverse 1871 $5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

From 1862 through 1872 the Philadelphia Mint produced an incredible and memorable string of low-mintage rarities, ranging from a high of 6,870 business strikes in 1867 to a low of 1,660 circulation coins in this year, 1872. Most pieces known today are only Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with the average certified grade about Choice XF. Collectors of the day--the few who could afford to assemble sets of half eagles--preferred proof coinage from the Philadelphia Mint to Uncirculated business strikes.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1871 $5 MS
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Base $ 900 950 1000 1250 2100 2100 3200 3950 5350 6850 12750 19000 - - - - - - - - -
$ 2450 3450 4350 6000 7750 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Price
5/14/1997 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0945, 945/Lot# 1873 $400.90
5/28/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 3279 $9,487.50
3/28/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 2958 $2,760.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1289 $7,475.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2870 $4,887.50
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3921 $3,525.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21453 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $5 MS
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000000310036884118452648486850108621735027939343333802742008462895088500
1871 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4674
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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