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: $361.20 (10/17/2019)
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: 9/4/2019

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1861 D $5 MS
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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: 10/8/2019 1861 D $5 MS
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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

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1999 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7720 $39,100.00
2/24/1999 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1136, 1136/Lot# 2068 $12,075.00
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
1/6/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(4), 1231/Lot# 5589 $54,050.00
2/22/2018 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1272/Lot# 4180 $26,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS D Prooflike
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Base360137034072454659737526888398121022310632112821218212571137001607417157179021881519762207442212523573
36353826423050226491797891939949103591084911582123121294714491164351740518206191312008921204226080
0000009193994910359108491158212312129471449116435174051820619131200892120400
00000095021008610496110651188212441133241528316796176541851119446204172166500
1861 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34473639398444995747725885809485988610255109191179812178129371481616662173911828519213201752152722946
35113754415649156251769988829619100091047611212119251243113563154311690517689185941953420626220000
0000008882961910009104761121211925124311356315431169051768918594195342062600
0000009183975210132106981150512051126841419016047171481798718904198542107600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 16662
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 5747
Owner: SPPCollection
 
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