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: $431.90 (6/21/2021)
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: 6/8/2020

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1851 $5 MS
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Base $ 500 525 535 675 700 750 775 795 1075 2000 2400 3800 8000 26000 55000 - - - - -
$ - - - - 1300 - 2600 4500 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 459
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: 6/15/2021 1851 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----610374575103117725191122-----459
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Total----610374575103118726211122-----463
 ----1%2%8%10%16%22%25%2%6%5%2%0%0%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1170120612431257144214721487153115611583187225852828351848887829102551086211494121531308614071
1182121812481319145214771502154115681679211026663058397558688638104571107311714124641341414775
00000015021541156816792110266630583975586886381045711073117141246400
00000015161551157617762347274732884431684994461066011283119331277500
1851 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base110311381173118613631393140814501477149917762464269933654694754399181050911127117701268213644
1115115011771245137313981422145914841591200525422921380856448335101151071511341120741300314326
00000014221459148415912005254229213808564483351011510715113411207400
00000014361468149216842235262131434251659391261031210921115561237800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2699
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1776
Owner: Dr Saurina
 
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