Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 15,136
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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1858 $5 MS obverse 1858 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In the 20-year span from 1858 to 1877, only the 1861 and 1873 Philadelphia Mint half eagle issues saw mintages over 20,000 coins. The 1858 half eagle emission was a low 15,136 coins. In 1979 Akers said, 'The 1858 half eagle is not often seen in any condition but when one is available, VF or EF is the likely grade.' A quarter-century later, Garrett and Guth pegged the average grade for certified examples at 'AU52,' but the noncertified examples likely would grade lower.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1858 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 500 525 550 800 1000 1100 1200 1700 1950 3750 4650 5250 9500 13000 47500 70000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 6500 11000 19850 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 79
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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: 10/8/2019 1858 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1611515181312-232-----79
-----------------1----1
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Total----1611515181312-2321----80
 ----1 %8 %14 %6 %19 %23 %16 %1 %3 %-3 %4 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/2/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1877, 1877/Lot# 1494 $15,950.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3394 $2,530.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 120577 $402.60
8/30/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3412 $1,880.00
4/26/2017 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8249 $896.53
4/26/2017 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1254/Lot# 8248 $896.53


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base147215311561158916171697177419412072227125853386360140725137615310255120233333
149215411570159816441723183019852138237628523458375844275476752010844120233330
000000183019852138237628523458375844275476752010844120233300
000000188520282205248031193529391547825814888811434120233300
1858 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13931450147715051531160916831843196921612464323834473902493559229918116433333
141214591486151415571634173618852033226227223308359942465264725410493116433330
000000173618852033226227223308359942465264725410493116433300
000000179019272097236329803377375045915593858611068116433300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2464
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2464
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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