Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,500
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $302.57 (10/21/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 S $5 MS obverse 1862 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although gold was being hoarded in the Eastern U.S. during the Civil War, production and circulation of gold coins continued on the West coast throughout the decade. The San Francisco Mint coined 9,500 half eagles in 1862, and nearly every one of those pieces entered circulation.

The average grade recorded by Ron Guth and Jeff Garrett was just over XF40. In their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins that was published in 2006, these authors noted: 'The date is very rare in any condition and seldom seen at auction or on the bourse floor. ... The 1862-S half eagle is extremely rare in Mint State. Although two coins [now three] have been graded as such, the authors have never seen either example. The 1862-S half eagle is one of the few coins missing from the Smithsonian collection because the Lilly example is actually a fake.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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1862 S $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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$ 9500 15000 17000 21500 - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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10/23/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231443/Lot# 64172
10/23/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231443/Lot# 64171


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8/16/1999 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1199, 1199/Lot# 1990 $2,743.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2261 $9,775.00
3/15/2005 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25034, 25034/Lot# 13657 $10,569.65
1/7/2009 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 4071 $10,925.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12639 $1,292.50
3/20/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30316 $15,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11117072614367548885747715078598735923414188224443582557650111111
11569200929674079517462147386815189011088516940269044310057650111110
000000517462147386815189011088516940269044310057650111100
000000546066827622844390671253619692313645037557650111100
1862 S $5 MS Prooflike
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