Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 9,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $442.71 (1/16/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 S $5 MS obverse 1862 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although gold was being hoarded in the Eastern U.S. during the Civil War, production and circulation of gold coins continued on the West coast throughout the decade. The San Francisco Mint coined 9,500 half eagles in 1862, and nearly every one of those pieces entered circulation.

The average grade recorded by Ron Guth and Jeff Garrett was just over XF40. In their Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins that was published in 2006, these authors noted: 'The date is very rare in any condition and seldom seen at auction or on the bourse floor. ... The 1862-S half eagle is extremely rare in Mint State. Although two coins [now three] have been graded as such, the authors have never seen either example. The 1862-S half eagle is one of the few coins missing from the Smithsonian collection because the Lilly example is actually a fake.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1862 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1450 1900 2600 5000 10750 11900 17500 20000 25000 37500 50000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 39
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/12/2021 1862 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11236-64761-2---------39
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Total11236-64761-2---------39
 3%3%5%8%15%-15%10%18%15%3%-5%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179921542552294137224952536760646527707784949554102551213733333333
191722872682320141325090559962186710754988479788108821213733333333
000000559962186710754988479788108821213733333300
0000005832637368948022920110021115101213733333300
1862 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17072048243328073564475651585836628668208200923499181175433333333
182121762558305939614890538459866464728085459462105301175433333333
000000538459866464728085459462105301175433333300
000000561061366642774088899690111421175433333300
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 5836
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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