Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 377,505
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.29 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 $5 MS obverse 1851 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

According to David Akers (1979), this P-mint issue is considerably scarcer than its mintage figure of 377,505 pieces might suggest. Although not as difficult as either the 1849 or the 1850, the 1851 is more difficult to locate than any of the P-mint issues struck between 1843 and 1847. In Mint State, this issue is elusive in all grades and.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/9/2019

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1851 $5 MS
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Base $ 475 500 525 550 600 650 700 795 1000 2000 2400 3800 8500 26000 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - 1300 - 2600 4500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 432
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1851 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----6934426993117623181122-----432
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----------3-11--------5
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Total----6934426993120624191122-----437
 ----1 %2 %8 %10 %16 %21 %27 %1 %5 %4 %3 %0 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/4/2004 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1904, 1904/Lot# 1612 $231.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1628 $7,475.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9470 $546.25
5/6/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131220/Lot# 26486 $488.75
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 62290 $825.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10757 $705.00
10/8/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8955 $381.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10511170120612431278131213451379144215311895264829133601527778181086733333
10911182121812551289132313561400147216522146273631424160612488341086733330
00000013561400147216522146273631424160612488341086733300
00000013681421150117742397282533724718697198511086733300
1851 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9901103113811731206123912711303136314501799252527813447507175431051533333
10281115115011841217125012821323139215662041261030033988589585341051533330
00000012821323139215662041261030033988589585341051533300
00000012921343142116832283269632254530671995241051533300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2781
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1799
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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