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: $309.85 (10/21/2017)
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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1859 S $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 28
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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8/12/1998 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 1076, 1076/Lot# 1893 $1,107.75
9/19/2010 NGC XF 45   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2867 $2,645.00
12/5/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 210122/Lot# 22231 $3,220.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9429 $3,450.00
5/30/2012 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 5028 $1,207.50
10/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131345/Lot# 22622 $8,695.00
10/12/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225075 $37.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169718472271296836013984433447155003606463247704868133333333
1662174719882503317937294101446148115357615167848030868133333330
0000004101446148115357615167848030868133333300
0000004217458849075710623772448355868133333300
1859 $5 MS S
 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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