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: $309.85 (10/21/2017)
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: 6/1/2017

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1861 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 44
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58


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9/15/2003 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1143 $1,150.00
6/5/2005 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2048, 2048/Lot# 2254 $907.50
6/26/2008 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 2011 $1,092.50
3/23/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180073 $1,885.40
8/5/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 8738 $1,703.75
8/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21469 $4,876.25
8/17/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27403 $2,350.00
2/6/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2619 $1,762.50


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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