Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 155,400
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $289.19 (12/20/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 S $5 MS obverse 1896 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Morgan dollar issues of the 1890s garner most collector attention, informed gold specialists realize that far fewer Mint State survivors represent the S-mint half eagles of the same decade. A typical example is the 1896-S delivery. Despite a sizeable mintage of 155,400 pieces, extensive circulation has reduced the typical survivors of this issue to the median circulated grades.

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Last Updated: 7/9/2014

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1896 S $5 MS
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Base $ 380 390 400 425 485 485 550 585 625 875 1275 1575 3100 5300 11000 24000 - - - - -
$ 510 575 600 700 950 1375 1800 3400 6500 13000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 391
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/27/1999 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1252, 1252/Lot# 1926 $2,110.00
6/29/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 6480 $1,495.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2059 $2,400.00
2/4/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 218, 224/Lot# 909 $379.50
3/25/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131214/Lot# 24832 $446.20
10/13/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/13/2013, 96/Lot# 141742 $412.50
5/12/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3481, 6030/Lot# 20763 $381.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S $5 MS
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Base2983423894455025757058201088123914381558188626143564414165451015715258232303580639616
312357407464526618743909113813051478166721282930375649427749118571791527422370760
00000074390911381305147816672128293037564942774911857179152742200
00000078199811881371151817762371324739485743895313557205723161400
1896 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1438
Owner: blake-rock
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1239
Owner: opanico
 
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