Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,170
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $358.49 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 $5 MS obverse 1864 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

By 1864, the Civil War had left an indelible imprint on the future of American coins and currency. One of the major consequences was the hoarding of precious metal, and the Union government had little bullion to mint in the East. The half eagle production for 1864, for example, amounted to just 4,100 pieces. That issue is one in a string of low-mintage P-mint issues from 1862 to 1872.

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Last Updated: 9/9/2019

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1864 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61

The chart showing 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: 10/8/2019 1864 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
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Total---12298615813---------55
 ---2 %4 %4 %16 %15 %11 %27 %15 %2 %5 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5506 $4,025.00
1/9/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 12971 $1,997.50
6/30/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121714 $6,881.60
4/14/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20724 $2,144.38
4/22/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5349 $22,325.00
6/4/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 4257 $10,575.00
10/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1225/Lot# 3526 $10,281.25
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4685 $8,225.00


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