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: $310.70 (10/20/2017)
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: 6/1/2017

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1859 D $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1275 1400 1525 1900 2600 3750 3900 5000 6800 11000 11750 19250 38000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 9150 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 103
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/28/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 9038 $12,075.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1168 $12,075.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3311, 3311/Lot# 4166 $4,600.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4602 $4,993.75
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 755, 764/Lot# 286 $2,700.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1219/Lot# 6219 $7,637.50
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 20116 $15,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1799207222332434277030993386360137614239458957836153781893613333333
1890212623002546288031953458365439204356498759066708833293613333330
0000003458365439204356498759066708833293613333300
0000003529370840804472538560307263884793613333300
1859 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707196921242319264329603238344736014064440355635922754390463333333
1794202121892427274930533308349837554177479056836462804490463333330
0000003308349837554177479056836462804490463333300
0000003377355039104290517658027003854590463333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4403
Owner: leeper
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 3238
Owner: SPPCollection
 
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