Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,430
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 $5 MS obverse 1862 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Unlike the smaller 1862 gold issues, production of P-mint half eagles through double eagles from this Civil War year was well below traditional levels. To illustrate this decrease, business strike fives were reduced from more than 688,000 pieces in 1861 to a mere 4,430 business strikes in 1862. This limited production of half eagles at the Philadelphia facility would continue until after Reconstruction. The average grade of surviving '62-P fives indicates that most saw extensive commercial use, with pieces grading XF or lower being far more prevalent than higher graded examples. Known Mint State pieces can be counted on one hand.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1862 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1150 1500 2500 5000 8450 10000 12250 13000 20000 25000 37500 45000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 21000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 42
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1862 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----234261581-1--------42
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Total----234261591-1--------43
 ----5 %7 %9 %5 %14 %35 %21 %2 %-2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/3/1994 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 1101 $1,100.00
5/7/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 0943, 943/Lot# 1958 $3,481.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1610 $18,975.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 6537 $8,337.50
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7550 $10,350.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4526 $17,625.00
1/4/2017 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6805 $6,462.50
1/4/2017 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(6), 1251/Lot# 6806 $7,637.50
6/8/2017 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3833 $15,862.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169719412233319847015015563361276757714476468247894933333333
1662177820382555369948065221579863376886731178468481894933333330
0000005221579863376886731178468481894933333300
0000005427596265477015747980478715894933333300
1862 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1558160918432124305745124817541758976509688673747960864433333333
1575168719372435354246145017557761016635704975698188864433333330
0000005017557761016635704975698188864433333300
0000005217573763056760721177658416864433333300
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 7374
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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