Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 118,143
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $481.65 (8/4/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 $5 MS obverse 1839 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

First year of the new design half eagle created by Christian Gobrecht, and relatively common in circulated grades. Gobrecht's design became a staple of American commerce, being utilized on quarter eagles from 1840 to 1907, half eagles from 1839 to 1908, and eagles from 1838 to 1907. David Akers commented that 'high grade specimens, i.e. coins grading AU or Unc., are very rare and choice Mint State pieces are virtually unobtainable.' This commentary is equally appropriate today as it was when his words were written in 1979. There are possibly six or seven examples that are in the Mint State range.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1839 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 650 675 725 950 1300 1500 1800 2500 4750 5500 9500 20000 33000 62500 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 36500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 256
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1839 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1217243524285042211767------256
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Total--1217243524285042211867------257
 --0%1%7%9%14%9%11%19%16%1%4%3%2%3%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12781312134514101531189521542364255228853539423951966757863511175135272035231065333
12891323136714501652198122242427266331033772455857167383948211959158022392331065330
00000022242427266331033772455857167383948211959158022392331065300
000000229424892774332140064877623780091032812743180772749431065300
1839 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12061239127113331450179920482250243327543386406449926509833810815131121979030295333
12171250129213721566188221152311254029653612437354987119916411581153382329230295330
00000021152311254029653612437354987119916411581153382329230295300
00000021832372264731753838468360037728998912346175642679330295300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2754
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2754
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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