Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 20,583
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $296.76 (10/20/2018)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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1838 D $5 MS obverse 1838 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1838-D is the third-rarest issue of the type, but not nearly as rare as the 1838-C. This was the first year of coin production at the Dahlonega Mint, and the coin features a mintmark just above the date. All 20,000+ coins were struck from a single die pair. Most survivors are found in circulated condition, although a fair number of nice About Uncirculated examples exist. Mint State examples are very rare, topped by two certified examples at the MS-63 level by NGC. The Smithsonian has three examples, none better than AU-58.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/18/2017

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1838 D $5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 130
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/15/2018 1838 D $5 MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/1993 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions FUN Bullet Sale #99, 99/Lot# 862 $2,420.00
5/23/1999 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1166, 1166/Lot# 1015 $12,075.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1481 $5,060.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121806 $2,915.00
8/30/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3404 $3,525.00
1/8/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6626 $21,150.00
1/4/2017 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5902 $25,850.00
2/22/2018 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1272/Lot# 5741 $2,160.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 $5 MS D Prooflike
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1838 $5 MS D
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Base155816091707204828604064493553265693616972877984820088891022615666219923140845599672411006131
157516411820231832614354506554485851654175198056842993341203917774251303613852813783651006130
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0000005195557060106914775181288659978013852198832826940868600278948900
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 12039
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 5326
Owner: SPPCollection
 
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