Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 17,046
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 D $5 MS obverse 1857 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The mintage of only 17,046 coins suggests an issue that is quite rare, and that is indeed the case for the 1857-D half eagle. Most of the coins seen for the date are only Very Fine or Extremely Fine. High-grade examples appear at auction with some regularity, but most are in the low range of About Uncirculated. The strike for the 1857-D half eagle is sometimes weak, mostly on the central portions. There have been about two dozen examples of the 1857-D half eagle graded by the major grading services. Many of these have been graded only recently and are only marginally Mint State. The finest example of the date is probably the Duke’s Creek NGC MS 63 coin. The Smithsonian also possesses a nice Mint State example of the issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1857 D $5 MS
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Base $ 1300 1500 1750 2400 2950 3750 4150 4850 6750 14000 16000 24500 42500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1857 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----6613111219233632-------104
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Total----6614111219233632-------105
 ----6 %6 %13 %10 %11 %18 %22 %3 %6 %3 %2 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/25/1998 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1070, 1070/Lot# 1302 $6,330.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1158 $11,500.00
2/9/2006 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 2918 $1,955.00
10/18/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5901 $3,290.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4974 $1,292.50
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 5001 $5,581.25
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1280 $11,750.00
12/13/2018 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1282/Lot# 3772 $1,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17492072215424172828309933293581389442554729610968308195936110052105551117411820124931344514449
1857209922422554291831763413368540144413518963497285858495911022010761113891204412810137800
000000341336854014441351896349728585849591102201076111389120441281000
000000349737904135457156496590774089729822103871096811605122691312800
1857 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1658196921062233269929853183334537303817453259226581734090469720102101081511445121021303214014
176220152148238827943051323734733759405549956142683479099271988310412110251166412412133590
00000032373473375940554995614268347909927198831041211025116641241200
000000329136023788429454596361708784779495100471061311235118831272200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 9046
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4532
Owner: leeper
 
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