Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 19,786
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.23 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 D $5 MS obverse 1856 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Until the early 1990s, the 1856-D half eagle was very rare in full Mint State. Most of the coins seen were well worn or heavily cleaned. A rather large hoard of high-grade examples surfaced about that time in South Carolina. The coins traded hands among a few dealers and were slowly released into the marketplace. Most of the coins seen by author Jeff Garrett have been “scruffy” Uncirculated, with some sort of small scratches or damage. It is not known what the condition of the finest coins from the hoard would grade. The finest known example of an 1856-D half eagle is the Duke’s Creek Collection specimen that has been graded MS 65 by NGC. Many of the examples seen of this date are weakly struck in the central portions of the obverse and reverse. The current auction record for the date is an NGC MS 64 that sold in November 2007 for $46,000.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1856 D $5 MS
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Base $ 1300 1450 1650 2300 2750 3750 4500 5250 6750 9375 12750 15000 27500 60000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1856 D $5 MS
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Base--2-115191481516-43212-----102
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Total--2-115191481516-43212-----102
 --2 %-11 %5 %19 %14 %8 %15 %16 %-4 %3 %2 %1 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/6/1999 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1171, 1171/Lot# 1696 $2,743.00
8/13/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 1862 $6,325.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1600 $12,075.00
11/11/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 66963 $5,775.00
7/11/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1187/Lot# 3644 $1,410.00
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3411 $4,112.50
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5587 $8,879.48


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $5 MS D Prooflike
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Base16972072221423452710309933293496391239844769552960196644849410721114171220312892136101462315691
1822211922582467284031763385363539364246502256926227726192361095311679124331313113948149790
000000338536353936424650225692622772619236109531167912433131311394800
000000344037733960450752765856643678779979111851194112662133711428500
1856 $5 MS D
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Base16091969210622332643298531833345380038174565502157026129785910372111731181912492131931418415228
1729201521482370275730513237349738064066471752485844670686971063911388120431272613523145320
000000323734973806406647175248584467068697106391138812043127261352300
000000329136483811431648695475598772829534109061160412268129591385400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 11173
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
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