Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 17,000
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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1863 S $5 MS obverse 1863 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

There were 17,000 of these coins minted and most or all of them immediately entered circulation, much the same as nearly every gold coin struck in San Francisco.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/4/2019

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1863 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1250 1750 2500 6500 10000 12000 17500 24500 34000 - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 39500 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1863 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-41127545213-----------54
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Total1-41127545213-----------54
 2 %-7 %2 %22 %13 %9 %7 %9 %4 %24 %----------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/22/2006 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 2276, 2276/Lot# 2631 $1,512.00
5/27/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 1673 $13,800.00
5/24/2009 NGC AU 50   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1286 $6,900.00
6/14/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 9489 $25,875.00
1/8/2014 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6709 $3,055.00
8/12/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4343 $30,550.00
9/9/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14087 $8,812.50
2/16/2017 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1252/Lot# 3966 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17492029234526803663427153675879624072768494955410416333333333
18422134245730083866463655385999658576828847984110416333333330
00000055385999658576828847984110416333333300
000000570861206931808892011012910416333333300
1863 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16581928223325553506409551585656600770148200923410074333333333
17482030234028723702444953245773634374098545951410074333333330
00000053245773634374098545951410074333333300
00000054905890667878058889979410074333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 8200
Owner: Jaclizz
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 3506
Owner: Deepc5
 
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