Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 27,612
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $306.61 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 S $5 MS obverse 1865 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a slightly higher (by S-mint standards of the 1850s-1860s) mintage of 27,612 pieces, the 1865-S half eagle is as rare as the 1858-S, 1860-S, and 1863-S. This was a workhorse issue and the highest grade typically encountered is only in the VF range. In fact, Akers ranks the 1865-S second in the entire half eagle series according to condition rarity.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1865 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1300 1550 1775 3650 4500 6450 8500 9350 14000 18000 21500 - - 72500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/21/1999 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1156, 1156/Lot# 2312 $949.50
3/1/2006 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412, 412/Lot# 1865 $1,265.00
9/23/2007 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 3296 $7,475.00
1/5/2011 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1151/Lot# 12509 $690.00
8/15/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3867 $862.50
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4316 $13,800.00
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 170715 $830.50
8/5/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3912 $5,875.00
10/19/2014 NGC AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 283 $1,000.00
1/7/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7095 $14,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base165819692161231933033639398442754817501559226545701492341051510919333333
176220332214264734153754408144564883531761306701775496611065010919333330
000000408144564883531761306701775496611065010919333300
0000004178463649495620633768588494100881078410919333300
1865 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base174920722271243434533800415744575015521961536794727695541086711282333333
185721382325277435693919425746435083553063676955803599921100511282333330
000000425746435083553063676955803599921100511282333300
0000004357482951515842658071158795104291114411282333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5015
Owner: Lucky One
 
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