Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 867,800
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $294.39 (9/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 $5 MS obverse 1897 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a respectable original mintage of 867,883 pieces and an above average rate of survival, it is little wonder that Mint State survivors of this 1890s P-mint half eagle are strongly favored by advanced type collectors. While the occasional, exceptional collection will display an MS 65 example, the majority of collectors have undoubtedly settled for pieces that grade no finer than MS 64.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1897 $5 MS
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Base $ 380 390 400 425 450 450 460 470 480 525 535 600 650 800 1350 3900 9600 - - - -
$ 455 465 475 485 530 550 625 725 1035 1700 5500 17250 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4031
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/3/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 8924 $2,472.50
11/22/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1965, 1965/Lot# 2091 $1,210.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1396 $373.75
11/29/2005 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25121, 25121/Lot# 11548 $230.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3804 $460.00
2/21/2012 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3229, 3229/Lot# 1413 $672.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1801 $1,233.75
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204324 $600.00
8/24/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21338 $2,467.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS
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Base2372753143604094374504634824945155275757601206170730804016538879521190818076
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1897 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3080
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 575
Owner: American Freedom
 
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