Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,220
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $290.11 (12/19/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1864 S $5 MS obverse 1864 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though the average collector probably wouldn't pick it out in a lineup of scarce No Motto Fives, the 1864-S is one of the most important rarities within the Liberty half eagle series. It is exceeded in scarcity only by the 1842 Large Letters, 1843-O Small Letters, 1875 (with a mintage of just 200 pieces), and the legendary 1854-S. The various C and D mint Half Eagles, for all their popularity and difficulty, do not even come close to the 1864-S. We doubt that more than two dozen pieces exist from a paltry mintage of 3,888 coins.

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


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1864 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 58


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8/2/1997 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 5315 $11,500.00
10/4/1999 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 1218, 1218/Lot# 1860 $1,529.75
1/3/2006 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3489 $19,550.00
2/4/2009 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2784 $8,625.00
1/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6711 $14,100.00
3/20/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30318 $79,312.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $5 MS
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Base11124643260556366857543797982478618884914189209213130147476111111
11822272940275937697176888068837086951062916433243813669247476111110
000000697176888068837086951062916433243813669247476111100
000000725778338157849487721240918677278414208447476111100
1864 S $5 MS Prooflike
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