Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,220
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $480.44 (8/4/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 S $5 MS obverse 1859 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Struck in a year when large quantities of gold ore at the San Francisco Mint went into the production of double eagles, seemingly a more efficient way of coining its supply on hand. Demand for smaller denominations and a limited mintage of 13,220 half eagles have resulted in the 1859-S five being even scarcer than its mintage would suggest, especially in lesser worn grades.

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Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1859 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1859 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2-13232466--1--------30
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Total-2-13232467--1--------31
 -6%-3%10%6%10%6%13%19%23%--3%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169718472271296836013984433447155003606463247704868133333333
1662174719882503317937294101446148115357615167848030868133333330
0000004101446148115357615167848030868133333300
0000004217458849075710623772448355868133333300
1859 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1558160917532161283434473817415745264805583660897431838333333333
1575165718892385303835703930428046195149592065367748838333333330
0000003930428046195149592065367748838333333300
0000004044440347125492600569848066838333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5836
Owner: Desert Gold
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 3447
Owner: tommy44
 
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