Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,270
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $284.04 (12/25/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 $5 MS obverse 1865 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Since gold specie payments were suspended at the end of 1861, it is little wonder that the Philadelphia Mint limited Half Eagle production during the latter years of the Civil War. In 1865, the final year of the war, only 1,295 pieces were produced, a mintage figure that is the fifth lowest in the entire 1795-1929 Half Eagle series. Those few coins that survived the rampant exportation and melting of the era typically grade VF or XF, and Breen notes that this date is 'prohibitively rare above [those grades].'

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1865 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 27
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61


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3/12/2001 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1416, 1416/Lot# 1742 $10,339.00
1/3/2007 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 5898 $8,050.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4926 $13,800.00
9/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 5188 $4,993.75
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6712 $18,800.00
4/20/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188252 $19,800.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3911 $17,626.18


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 $5 MS
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00000046905276564760176317941215202243103918544882111100
1865 $5 MS Prooflike
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