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: $304.24 (2/26/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1839 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 600 650 750 1100 1675 1950 2500 3850 5750 9250 17750 34000 70500 - - - - - -
$ - - 2150 3000 4250 - 11500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 237
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/2000 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2000 F.U.N. Signature Sale #218, 218/Lot# 7714 $1,035.00
4/28/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 242, 248/Lot# 1233 $1,322.50
11/2/2008 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2606, 2606/Lot# 3015 $488.75
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1744 $1,265.00
6/2/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 2 - 11 US Coins Internet Auction - Dallas Session(1), 131324/Lot# 20382 $910.63
10/20/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 145436 $1,201.20
6/27/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2517 $2,820.00
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1239/Lot# 8348 $1,410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12061239127113331450179920482250243327543386406449926509833810815131121979030295000
12171250129213721566188221152311254029653612437354987119916411581153382329230295000
00000021152311254029653612437354987119916411581153382329230295000
00000021832372264731753838468360037728998912346175642679330295000
1839 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12711303134514041526188621612335255528853506423151806685860111197135272035231059000
12821317136514451646197822192408266530923748454756827324946611974158022392131059000
00000022192408266530923748454756827324946611974158022392131059000
000000227724822775329939894864618379621033212750180772749031059000
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 2754
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2433
Owner: keithdagen
 
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