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: $306.71 (5/28/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1861 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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4/6/1998 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1038, 1038/Lot# 2038 $3,587.00
9/15/2003 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1143 $1,150.00
6/24/2012 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/24/2012, 28/Lot# 58448 $3,752.10
8/30/2013 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3415 $5,581.25
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5528 $32,900.00
1/29/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3275 $8,812.50
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


NGC Registry

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