Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 354,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.36 (4/21/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S $5 MS obverse 1897 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-S is a highly regarded condition rarity among late-date issues in the series of Coronet Half Eagles, from a comparatively modest mintage of 354,000 pieces. Estimates place the number of Uncirculated survivors at just 50-60 coins, a small enough quantity that price guides have adjusted the 1897-S Five Dollar to a level that is up to four times the common date price. A mere handful of Superb Mint State examples are known to exist of the issue, perhaps most famously the Eliasberg specimen which fetched over $13,000 way back in the dreadful coin market of 1982.

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Last Updated: 9/20/2013

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1897 S $5 MS
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Base $ 390 400 410 420 455 455 475 485 520 685 975 1025 1550 4350 8500 12500 18500 33000 87750 - -
$ 500 515 525 575 750 1075 1125 1700 4750 9500 14000 20500 36500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 404
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 69


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9/8/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 281, 287/Lot# 1164 $328.90
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 5980 $3,450.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2895 $1,207.50
3/31/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6577 $1,150.00
5/13/2013 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3430, 3430/Lot# 2696 $400.00
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 141804 $255.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S $5 MS
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Base27231436040946351559166389310241198130314831928334541416581994315217235702637829426
28632937642748054061573993610821233136316312400361049547701117011800124506273940
0000006157399361082123313631631240036104954770111701180012450600
0000006398169801140126814231779287238755767882213459207852544200
1897 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1024
Owner: ddr70
 
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