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: $294.39 (9/21/2014)
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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1897 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 380 390 400 425 475 475 505 535 585 690 900 975 1500 4750 7850 14750 22750 39750 97500 - -
$ 485 515 545 595 750 950 1025 1675 5400 9000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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5/6/2007 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2363, 2363/Lot# 2920 $291.20
7/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6140 $379.50
12/2/2010 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 8827 $603.75
5/29/2011 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1517 $575.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(5), 1156/Lot# 9361 $693.45
6/17/2013 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3435, 3435/Lot# 2995 $425.00
9/25/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(8), 1189/Lot# 9572 $381.88
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 141804 $255.20
7/11/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20685 $720.28


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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