Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 98,188
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $310.70 (10/20/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 $5 MS obverse 1857 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite the adequate mintage of 98,180 pieces, these were not saved in quantity at the time of issue, and hence very few Choice coins are known today.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1857 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 306
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/8/1994 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Signature Sale #124, 124/Lot# 5598 $253.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2257 $5,462.50
1/21/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 214, 220/Lot# 1350 $402.50
12/22/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2983, 2983/Lot# 1952 $517.50
7/26/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 432 $1,554.80
9/2/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2072 $552.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7016 $793.13
4/26/2017 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8246 $423.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1051117012061243127813121345137914421531174925192799347446876567333333
1091118212181255128913231356140014721604200626123024387853146567333330
0000001356140014721604200626123024387853146567333300
0000001368142115011676226227063249428359406567333300
1857 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base990110311381173120612391271130313631450165824012671332444996324333333
1028111511501184121712501282132313921519190624912889371651076324333330
0000001282132313921519190624912889371651076324333300
0000001292134314211589215325813106410757166324333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 5107
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1658
Owner: Beau Newman
 
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