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: $313.74 (9/21/2017)
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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1862 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/16/1999 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1199, 1199/Lot# 1990 $2,743.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2261 $9,775.00
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12639 $1,292.50
1/9/2013 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7225 $1,997.50
2/7/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1182/Lot# 4866 $1,997.50
3/20/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30316 $15,275.00
5/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231420/Lot# 62038 $50.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17072048243328073564475651585836628668208200923499181175433333333
182121762558305939614890538459866464728085459462105301175433333330
000000538459866464728085459462105301175433333300
000000561061366642774088899690111421175433333300
1862 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179921542552294137224952536760646527707784949554102551213733333333
191722872682320141325090559962186710754988479788108821213733333330
000000559962186710754988479788108821213733333300
0000005832637368948022920110021115101213733333300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 6286
Owner: Lucky One
 
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