Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 1,597
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $343.12 (7/22/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 D $5 MS obverse 1861 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1861-D half eagle is considered one of the great prizes of the Dahlonega Mint. Just 1,597 examples were struck under the control of the U.S. Mint located in Dahlonega, Georgia. An additional number of coins, estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 pieces, was produced while the facility was in the hands of the Confederates. The 1861-D half eagle is one of the rarest half eagles from the Dahlonega Mint. Circulated examples, most in the Extremely Fine grade range, are seen for sale on occasion. The date is very rare in Mint State, with perhaps a half dozen or so coins known at that level. The finest known 1861-D half eagle is the incredible Duke’s Creek example, which has been graded MS 64 by NGC. The coin was sold by Mid-American Rare Coin Gallery and Robert Harwell in 2004, as part of a complete set of Dahlonega gold coinage.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1861 D $5 MS
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Base $ 4500 5500 7250 13000 23500 48500 54500 60500 72500 91000 100000 120000 182500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 39
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1861 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----21743711-12-1------39
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Total----21743711-12-1------39
 ----5 %3 %18 %10 %8 %18 %28 %-3 %5 %-3 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/24/1999 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1136, 1136/Lot# 2068 $12,075.00
6/29/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 6455 $24,150.00
8/11/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7556 $48,875.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2167 $25,850.00
2/27/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(2), 1203/Lot# 4120 $38,187.50
8/10/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4295 $42,314.10
9/9/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14083 $42,300.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS D Prooflike
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Base360137034072454659737526888398121022310632112821218212571137001607417157000000
363538264230502264917978919399491035910849115821231212947144911643517157000000
000000919399491035910849115821231212947144911643517157000000
0000009502100861049611065118821244113324152831679617157000000
1861 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34473639398444995747725885809485988610255109191179812178129371481616662000000
351137544156491562517699888296191000910476112121192512431135631543116662000000
000000888296191000910476112121192512431135631543116662000000
000000918397521013210698115051205112684141901604716662000000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 16662
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 5747
Owner: SPPCollection
 
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