Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 16,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $288.08 (5/30/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1874 S $5 MS obverse 1874 S $5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

1874-S $5 AU 53 PCGS. Ex: Bass. Formerly offered as lot 525 in the Bass IV Sale, where it was ably described as, 'Lustrous honey gold with much mint brilliance and rose iridescence in the recessed areas. Nicely struck. Rare in all grades (as are nearly all half eagles of the era). One of just 16,000 half eagles of the date produced in San Francisco. Typically found at just Fine or VF, an AU-53 specimen falls very near the high end of the Condition Census for the date. The present coin is one of just two examples of the date collected by Harry Bass, and is equal to that other specimen (Lot 1199, October 1999). It is worthy of note that PCGS has not certified an example of this date above AU 58! A memorable coin on all accounts.' The description goes on to give the die characteristics of this issue, which is how Harry collected U.S. gold, by die variety: 'Date logotype nicely impressed and nicely centered vertically, perhaps slightly left, left edge of lower serif of 1 over left side of dentil. S mintmark lightly impressed, upper serif below tip of arrow feather, positioned slightly left of center of V below.'

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


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Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/10/1998 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1075, 1075/Lot# 1929 $5,275.00
11/29/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 2230 $5,175.00
5/25/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4684 $3,910.00
3/17/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(3), 1153/Lot# 4766 $2,185.00
10/18/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5916 $1,057.50
4/24/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5815 $2,597.93

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 S $5 MS
1874 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5466
Owner: Summer97
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