Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 14,635
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $310.77 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 D $5 MS obverse 1860 D $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1860-D half eagle features one of the lower mintages from the Dahlonega Mint. There have been surprisingly many examples offered for sale at auction in the last two decades, and most graded in the range of Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated. Many of the coins seen are a bit weakly struck in the centers, and examples with genuine luster are rare. Mint State examples are very rare, with fewer than two dozen coins known, most of these being marginally Uncirculated. The finest example of the date resides in the Duke’s Creek Collection of Dahlonega half eagles. The coin has been graded by NGC as MS 64 and traces its pedigree to the Bareford and Milas collections. Another NGC MS 64 coin sold at auction in January, 2016 for $48,175. The Smithsonian retains four examples of the 1860-D, with the finest coin grading MS 62.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1860 D $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1700 1875 2150 2400 3200 4275 4700 5900 7500 12500 14250 17500 38500 65000 - - - - - -
$ - - - - 7900 - - - 42500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 134
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/9/1998 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1084, 1084/Lot# 2019 $1,846.25
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3849 $17,250.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2320 $11,500.00
5/9/2007 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 2299 $12,075.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4487 $13,512.50
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/23/2014, 182/Lot# 171490 $14,302.20
3/21/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(2), 1198/Lot# 10626 $3,671.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base223323452451260128573270360138753984431948496064652769381047812249333333
227023802501268629953380369239114096449652546218666481181106812249333330
000000369239114096449652546218666481181106812249333300
000000378439484207467256596373680192981165912249333300
1860 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base212422332335248027273126344737123817414146565836628666851013511863333333
216022672383256228603233353537473925431350495986641978351071111863333330
000000353537473925431350495986641978351071111863333300
000000362437824033448454436136655289851128711863333300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 11863
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 3447
Owner: JTO
 
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