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: $366.94 (9/21/2019)
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: 4/19/2019

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1838 D $5 MS
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Base $ - 1450 2350 3950 9700 14250 14500 21800 26500 31500 35000 48500 91000 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing VG series, 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: 9/17/2019 1838 D $5 MS
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/1997 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 1997 September Long Beach Sale #178, 178/Lot# 7479 $1,380.00
5/23/1999 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1166, 1166/Lot# 1015 $12,075.00
9/19/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 3775 $2,760.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121806 $2,915.00
4/14/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20720 $4,523.75
10/3/2016 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3305 $7,050.00
4/26/2017 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1254/Lot# 5293 $4,935.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 $5 MS D Prooflike
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1838 $5 MS D
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Base196920292087267134275093551059656007705275978106842894851179815666163631721818105190262032221682
198920482282292339825232566259796355723477678213878010256130871589816648175141841219458207750
00000056625979635572347767821387801025613087158981664817514184121945800
00000058135993670474157936832191331102714377161311693317809187191989000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 13087
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 5965
Owner: SPPCollection
 
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