Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 688,084
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $265.36 (7/29/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 $5 MS obverse 1861 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 half eagle carries a reputation as the most plentiful issue of the type, a status earned through its mintage of 688,084 coins, highest of the No Motto series. Despite its reputation, the 1861 half eagle is surprisingly elusive in better Mint State grades. Garrett and Guth note it 'is considered common, but there are still fewer than two dozen examples known at the gem level.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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1861 $5 MS
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Base $ 450 475 500 525 600 725 775 875 1200 2650 3900 6250 11500 43000 75000 - - - -
$ 625 - 800 950 1400 - 4450 7000 15850 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1522
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
2/22/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 6932 $6,152.50
2/20/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2260 $6,900.00
3/21/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #31, 35/Lot# 941 $529.00
6/17/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28064, 28064/Lot# 24469 $431.25
10/30/2011 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3163, 3163/Lot# 3301 $400.00
9/2/2012 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/02/2012, 38/Lot# 69050 $495.00
6/5/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5725 $2,115.00
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15827 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS
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000000858108112671449159418572492348644135730906413940210773228100
1861 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2754
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1969
Owner: MCB1980
 
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