Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 10,366
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $445.53 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 D $5 MS obverse 1859 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1859-D half eagle has one of the lowest mintages of all Dahlonega Mint half eagles. The only coin with a lower mintage is the extremely rare 1861-D issue. The 1859-D half eagle is a rare coin in any grade, with most examples grading Very Fine or Extremely Fine. Most of the specimens seen are weakly struck on the central portions of the obverse and reverse. The rims are also broad and beveled in appearance on every example seen. Although quite a few 1859-D half eagles in About Uncirculated have sold at auction in the last few years, the date is difficult to locate in today’s environment. One of the finest 1859-D half eagles known is now a part of the Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin was formerly in the collection of John J. Pittman, who purchased it in 1956 for $42.50. It sold in 1997 for $60,500, which is more than 1,000 times the price Pittman paid!

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Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1859 D $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
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: 5/11/2021 1859 D $5 MS
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Base--1110101551020291252-1-----112
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Total--111010155102031125311-----116
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 D $5 MS PL
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Base1799207222332434277030993386360137614239458957836153781893619893103901100211641123061324814241
18902126230025462880319534583654392043564987590667088332953810059105941121511863126201357914953
000000345836543920435649875906670883329538100591059411215118631262000
000000352937084080447253856030726388479716102241079811428120841293400
1859 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707194920482143267129363092323834473730448553675600661686869565100491064711270119201283913810
1788198220802319275929883141330835413982477954455939730689799726102481085511487122261316314501
00000031413308354139824779544559397306897997261024810855114871222600
00000031893377363642335073552262777996927298881044811062117031253300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 9888
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4485
Owner: leeper
 
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