Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 305,770
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $289.51 (11/27/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1853 $5 MS obverse 1853 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As noted by Garrett and Guth in their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins, for the 1853 half eagle issue, though circulated coins are fairly common, 'Mint State examples are scarce, and most of the coins are in the lower grade ranges, usually MS-61 or MS-62. Choice examples are seldom seen or offered for sale.?

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1853 $5 MS
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Base $ 475 500 525 550 575 575 625 675 725 775 1600 2075 3000 8150 16750 - - - - - -
$ 600 650 700 750 850 1750 2250 3350 9000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 458
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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8/2/2004 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1917, 1917/Lot# 1936 $330.00
6/19/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 258, 264/Lot# 5965 $368.00
1/31/2010 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 2145 $6,038.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(6), 1173/Lot# 9273 $528.75
1/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131306/Lot# 24405 $611.00
6/5/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5716 $1,351.25
6/15/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201226 $522.50
6/9/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20613 $2,643.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 $5 MS
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1853 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1625
Owner: tom7422
 
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