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: $397.68 (2/23/2020)
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: 9/4/2019

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1861 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1350 1950 2750 4850 8500 9750 11000 14000 25000 - - - - - - - - - - -

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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: 2/18/2020 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%----------- 

NGC Registry

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