Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 573,901
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $362.76 (8/22/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 $5 MS obverse 1852 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1852 half eagle is surprisingly scarce in the higher Mint State grades for an issue that saw an emission of considerably more than half a million pieces. According to the Garrett-Guth Gold Encyclopedia, the average grade of certified survivors is 'AU54.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2017

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1852 $5 MS
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Base $ 475 490 525 535 600 635 675 725 1025 1650 1850 3200 6800 13000 48500 99500 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 777
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1852 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----101477489120022594233141211----777
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Total----101477489120022694233141211----778
 ----1 %2 %10 %6 %12 %26 %29 %1 %5 %4 %2 %2 %0 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/31/2011 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3110, 3110/Lot# 2476 $488.75
5/30/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4285 $1,840.00
5/27/2012 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1988 $575.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 62289 $610.50
11/29/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 10760 $705.00
3/24/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131314/Lot# 20567 $517.00
9/28/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 823, 832/Lot# 820 $575.00
11/2/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1261/Lot# 20340 $618.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10511170120612431278131213451379144215021589230826333340460360649918125713333
109111821218125512891323135614001462153118292416286937615090734910802125713330
000000135614001462153118292416286937615090734910802125713300
000000136814211482156020682525310441825577863311687125713300
1852 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9901103113811731206123912711303136314211505219725103194441758369588121783333
102811151150118412171250128213231382144917362301273836024890708710451121783330
000000128213231382144917362301273836024890708710451121783300
000000129213431402147719662406296640095363833711315121783300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2510
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1505
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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