Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 688,084
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.00 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 $5 MS obverse 1861 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1861 half eagle carries a reputation as the most plentiful issue of the type, a status earned through its mintage of 688,084 coins, highest of the No Motto series. Despite its reputation, the 1861 half eagle is surprisingly elusive in better Mint State grades. Garrett and Guth note it 'is considered common, but there are still fewer than two dozen examples known at the gem level.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1861 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 465 475 520 625 650 700 900 1300 1950 2000 2750 6650 12000 34000 84500 200000 - - -
$ - - - 950 1500 - - 4400 - 20000 45000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1927
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1861 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----17181271322124806453813272222471----1927
----------------2-----2
---------12--1---1----5
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Total----17181271322124816473813273222492----1934
 ----1 %1 %7 %7 %11 %25 %33 %2 %7 %4 %1 %1 %0 %0 %---- 

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10/23/2019 AU 50   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(2), 131943/Lot# 27851


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5/8/2000 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1305, 1305/Lot# 2176 $232.10
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2505 $3,450.00
2/13/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 74, 79/Lot# 1477 $358.80
8/11/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7555 $48,887.65
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(7), 1158/Lot# 11799 $690.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1171/Lot# 10508 $517.50
3/9/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176900 $744.70
3/13/2015 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3525, 6094/Lot# 22350 $434.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base105111311170120612431345141015021561167119632740299436424546573494391190615715333
1078114411821218127713671441152215981768222228253210394349426969102611317615715330
0000001441152215981768222228253210394349426969102611317615715300
0000001471154116341866248129093426424553388204110841444515715300
1861 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99010661103113811731271133314211477158318652614286034864361551591221152915252333
101510781115115012061292136214401512167721152696306937784746671799241277015252330
000000136214401512167721152696306937784746671799241277015252300
0000001392145815481771236427783277406951307920107271401115252300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3486
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 2860
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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