Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 112,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $323.32 (7/11/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1895 S $5 MS obverse 1895 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was David Akers who alerted gold collectors some 25 years ago to the rarity of 1895-S Half Eagles. At that time he wrote, 'The 'common date' status of the 1895-S in the standard pricing guides is erroneous...Most known specimens are well worn with VF to EF being typical. AU examples are very rare and strictly uncirculated ones are extremely rare.' The intervening years have only confirmed that statement.

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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1895 S $5 MS
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Base $ 390 400 410 470 550 550 625 675 875 1275 3150 3400 3900 5600 - 25000 42500 - - - -
$ 575 650 700 975 1400 3350 3550 4450 6900 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 312
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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3/4/1994 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 830 $275.00
3/13/1996 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0823, 823/Lot# 853 $211.00
5/25/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22111, 22111/Lot# 11917 $20,125.00
3/27/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 1018 $745.20
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3859 $4,140.00
1/24/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10643 $483.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4924 $1,667.50
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 106543 $401.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1895 S $5 MS
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Base2983423894455026209491206177620682433264326882807371253676685796013899203573026845642
3123574074645417291034139618732189250326582727310842635806711099391605123660353920
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0000001120158619702311257326732767341048156245753511919182042696400
1895 S $5 MS Prooflike
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