Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 36,400
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $289.65 (11/27/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1872 S $5 MS obverse 1872 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This frontier-era Half Eagle was not preserved in quantity at the time of issue. Rather, virtually all of the 36,400 pieces produced were placed into circulation, where they were either worn to grades below the XF level or lost. A limited number of XF coins, nonetheless, did manage to survive, along with an even smaller quantity of AU pieces. The 1872-S is equally as rare as the 1868-S, 1869-S, and 1871-S.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2014

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1872 S $5 MS
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Base $ 525 625 700 900 1350 1350 3100 3600 4900 8400 14750 18750 - - - - - - - - -
$ 1600 3350 4000 5750 9500 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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2/3/1993 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #100, 100/Lot# 554 $7,700.00
2/3/1995 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 748 $1,210.00
10/18/1999 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1224, 1224/Lot# 2076 $2,743.00
8/18/2004 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 7324 $2,300.00
9/6/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1650 $5,462.50
6/19/2006 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 92, 97/Lot# 1141 $391.00
6/3/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4578 $808.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S $5 MS
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00000031763837425146494963551496231670727934468485757762968687257486100
1872 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 4361
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4032
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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