Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,710,630
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $312.29 (8/28/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1899 $5 MS obverse 1899 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It is curious that most numismatists would consider this a 'common' coin, although one not commonly found in Gem condition. But, despite the fact that the 1899 was coined to the extent of more than 1.7 million pieces, NGC has graded fewer Gem examples of this issue than the 1898 or the 1900--coins with considerably smaller mintages. A possible explanation is that many collectors chose to save the 1900 coins, since they represented the turn of the century (except to purists), rather than the 1899 issue.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1899 $5 MS
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Base $ 380 390 400 425 450 450 460 470 480 525 535 600 650 850 1100 3200 6600 26000 - - -
$ 455 465 475 485 530 550 625 725 1000 1675 3875 8500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12533
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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4/8/1994 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #117, 117/Lot# 879 $2,200.00
5/14/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1307, 1307/Lot# 1561 $949.50
11/15/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 6509 $948.75
1/9/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 4327 $8,050.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6581 $718.75
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1244 $702.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2046 $891.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1899 $5 MS
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1899 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2789
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1568
Owner: Zakmar
 
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