Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,270
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $310.29 (11/21/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 $5 MS obverse 1865 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Since gold specie payments were suspended at the end of 1861, it is little wonder that the Philadelphia Mint limited Half Eagle production during the latter years of the Civil War. In 1865, the final year of the war, only 1,295 pieces were produced, a mintage figure that is the fifth lowest in the entire 1795-1929 Half Eagle series. Those few coins that survived the rampant exportation and melting of the era typically grade VF or XF, and Breen notes that this date is 'prohibitively rare above [those grades].'

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1865 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1450 1900 2850 5500 10500 17000 20500 23000 28000 - 49000 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61


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3/12/2001 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1416, 1416/Lot# 1742 $10,339.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6712 $18,800.00
4/20/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188252 $19,800.00
8/5/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3911 $17,626.18
8/12/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4344 $17,625.00
1/4/2017 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5915 $37,600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1799219425193073431960646324714474967875858867947276333333333
1931230227043488490161516597726176228113858869557276333333330
0000006597726176228113858869557276333333300
0000006871737977498350858871157276333333300
1865 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707208724012936414158366089688672287597829365457014333333333
1834219225793338470659206355700073517829829367017014333333330
0000006355700073517829829367017014333333300
0000006620711474748061829368587014333333300
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