Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 18,000
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $263.65 (8/4/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S $5 MS obverse 1861 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint delivered two 1861-dated obverse dies to the San Francisco Mint in November 1860, followed by a third in June of the following year. Mated with leftover reverse dies, these obverses produced a mere 18,000 1861-S Half Eagles. Since this was a workhorse issue, like most S-mint gold coins from this era, it should come as no surprise that the typically offered grade among survivors is only VF or XF.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/31/2015

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1861 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 975 1100 1700 2500 5900 10000 14550 19500 24500 - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 45
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58


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4/6/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1038, 1038/Lot# 2038 $3,587.00
1/7/2000 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 7770 $3,105.00
9/15/2003 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1143 $1,150.00
6/24/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/24/2012, 28/Lot# 58448 $3,752.10
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1201/Lot# 7082 $5,287.50
1/7/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7094 $9,987.50
2/6/2015 PCGS MS 98   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2530 $1,468.75
2/6/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2619 $1,762.50
4/22/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5347 $16,450.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111450314940324694587164737222765113444228653892466314111111
1114842016344342525086607167227365958216584282184805466314111110
00000042525086607167227365958216584282184805466314111100
000000447354786272697275081151319724335715718466314111100
1861 S $5 MS Prooflike
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