Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,220
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $288.47 (12/18/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 S $5 MS obverse 1859 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Struck in a year when large quantities of gold ore at the San Francisco Mint went into the production of double eagles, seemingly a more efficient way of coining its supply on hand. Demand for smaller denominations and a limited mintage of 13,220 half eagles have resulted in the 1859-S five being even scarcer than its mintage would suggest, especially in lesser worn grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/11/2014

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1859 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 32
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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8/12/1998 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 1076, 1076/Lot# 1893 $1,107.75
9/6/2004 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1641 $8,338.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9429 $3,450.00
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7215 $3,818.75
10/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131345/Lot# 22622 $8,695.00
2/27/2014 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5296 $1,057.50
6/4/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4833 $7,637.50
10/12/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225075 $37.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S $5 MS
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1859 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7014
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 6525
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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