Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 18,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $370.83 (8/25/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S $5 MS obverse 1861 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint delivered two 1861-dated obverse dies to the San Francisco Mint in November 1860, followed by a third in June of the following year. Mated with leftover reverse dies, these obverses produced a mere 18,000 1861-S Half Eagles. Since this was a workhorse issue, like most S-mint gold coins from this era, it should come as no surprise that the typically offered grade among survivors is only VF or XF.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1861 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1450 2500 5250 7750 9375 13250 15000 31000 - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 46
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1861 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1353364768-----------46
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Total-1353364768-----------46
 -2 %7 %11 %7 %7 %13 %9 %15 %13 %17 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/2005 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2048, 2048/Lot# 2254 $907.50
9/19/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2868 $12,075.00
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3415 $5,581.25
4/22/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5347 $16,450.00
1/6/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(6), 1231/Lot# 6487 $7,637.50
9/9/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14084 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1697177418952381288543665015547662487144764633333333333
1723181420572549337945825169573365477311764633333333330
0000005169573365477311764633333333300
0000005322599168457479764633333333300
1861 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1609168317992268275441874817526460156886737433333333333
1634172219552430323243974966551463057049737433333333330
0000004966551463057049737433333333300
0000005115576565967211737433333333300
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