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: $372.96 (8/25/2019)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1839 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 650 675 725 985 1440 1910 2075 2690 4325 4350 10000 15900 30200 61000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 36500 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 252
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: 8/20/2019 1839 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1216243524285139210767------252
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Total--1216243524285139210867------253
 --0 %1 %6 %9 %14 %9 %11 %20 %15 %1 %4 %3 %2 %3 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/24/2003 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 2018 $1,782.50
3/13/2006 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 78, 83/Lot# 1293 $517.50
10/24/2006 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 2730 $1,610.00
11/21/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 5347 $414.00
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5854 $1,762.50
2/3/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4651 $1,762.50
5/25/2014 NGC VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195903 $723.80
9/12/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21439 $493.50
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3273 $11,764.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS Prooflike
 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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