Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 58,960
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $300.03 (9/16/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 $5 MS obverse 1896 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of circulation-strike half eagles dropped precipitously from 1895 to 1896, going from 1.3 million to a mere 58,960 pieces. This low mintage correlates to a very small availability of the 1896 in Gem condition.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1896 $5 MS
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Base $ 380 390 400 425 460 460 480 490 520 540 565 675 775 1325 2375 10500 20500 - - - -
$ 470 490 500 530 550 600 700 825 1650 3200 13500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 472
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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5/13/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1049, 1049/Lot# 2143 $253.20
11/21/2002 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 7637 $661.25
5/1/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 6336 $862.50
5/8/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131120/Lot# 22946 $862.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1242 $702.00
10/23/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 20840 $649.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5527 $4,772.50
10/18/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(6), 1175/Lot# 10301 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $5 MS
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1896 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3080
Owner: Summer97
 
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