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: $306.83 (5/26/2017)
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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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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1856 D $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 101
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/2/1997 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 7668 $6,037.50
11/21/2001 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1509, 1509/Lot# 1884 $3,903.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4428 $44,850.00
12/2/2010 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4428 $2,760.00
11/11/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 66963 $5,775.00
11/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4971 $3,965.63
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7198 $2,773.00
8/13/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10249 $9,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16091886200922332585296030093506374740644578531657926400820010372333333
17011927208423502710297631753586385342354824547559957000892410372333330
00000031753586385342354824547559957000892410372333300
00000033403667395844075070563361977600964810372333300
1856 D $5 MS Prooflike
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Base16971985211323452710309931492194391247694769552960196644849410721333333
17932028219024672840311631492767419847695022569262277261923610721333330
00000031492767419847695022569262277261923610721333300
00000031493339448347695276585664367877997910721333300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
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