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: $306.15 (5/30/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1861 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 475 500 525 600 725 775 875 1175 2250 2700 4100 6750 11750 43500 85000 200000 - - -
$ - - 800 950 1450 - - 4600 7500 17250 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1813
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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Grade
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6/11/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1256/Lot# 4837
6/11/2017 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1256/Lot# 4836


Auction Prices Realized

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6/11/1997 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 0953, 953/Lot# 1909 $2,110.00
5/5/2000 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7658 $7,475.00
3/28/2010 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210041, 210041/Lot# 20300 $575.00
8/11/2011 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 609, 616/Lot# 7602 $897.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1568 $690.00
3/9/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 176900 $744.70
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15827 $411.25
10/3/2016 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1240/Lot# 4130 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99010661103113811731271133314211477158318652614286034864361551591221152915252333
101510781115115012061292136214401512167721152696306937784746671799241277015252330
000000136214401512167721152696306937784746671799241277015252300
0000001392145815481771236427783277406951307920107271401115252300
1861 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base105111311170120612431345141015021561167119632740299436424546573494391190615715333
1078114411821218127713671441152215981768222228253210394349426969102611317615715330
0000001441152215981768222228253210394349426969102611317615715300
0000001471154116341866248129093426424553388204110841444515715300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3486
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1865
Owner: Lucky One
 
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