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: $310.07 (10/18/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1851 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 475 490 525 535 600 635 675 750 1150 1800 2450 3900 8000 26000 62000 - - - - -
$ - - - - 1275 - 2600 4500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 413
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/1998 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1089, 1089/Lot# 1934 $147.70
5/31/2004 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2503 $603.75
2/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 2512 $805.00
4/27/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6496 $1,955.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9404 $1,840.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 62290 $825.00
1/20/2014 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non Floor Session Auction - Dallas Session(1), 3031/Lot# 27487 $1,057.50
1/4/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(8), 1251/Lot# 10932 $1,175.00


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 Details
Points: 652
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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