Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,220
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $437.51 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S $5 MS obverse 1864 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Even though the average collector probably wouldn't pick it out in a lineup of scarce No Motto Fives, the 1864-S is one of the most important rarities within the Liberty half eagle series. It is exceeded in scarcity only by the 1842 Large Letters, 1843-O Small Letters, 1875 (with a mintage of just 200 pieces), and the legendary 1854-S. The various C and D mint Half Eagles, for all their popularity and difficulty, do not even come close to the 1864-S. We doubt that more than two dozen pieces exist from a paltry mintage of 3,888 coins.

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


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Last Updated: 2/13/2020

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1864 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5000 7500 18000 27500 46500 70000 82500 95000 110000 - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 58

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1864 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--111-3-111-----------9
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Total--111-3-111-----------9
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base31493539389451966938907695541047811009117871316314347152031571516842178051865133333
32793657432857777651923598621065511268122461355814632153741609117163180871865133333
00000098621065511268122461355814632153741609117163180871865133300
000000101701083211528127041395214918155441646617484183691865133300
1864 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30093386373049926685876892341013510653114131275713914147511525216353172961812533333
31353501415155567379892395341030810906118611314314193149181561916667175721812533333
00000095341030810906118611314314193149181561916667175721812533300
00000098351048011160123091352814472150851598616982178491812533300
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 9234
Owner: Jaclizz
 
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