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: $434.23 (5/6/2021)
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: 9/4/2019

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1865 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1300 1550 2000 3650 6000 7150 8000 8500 13500 18750 22500 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61

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, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1865 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-2516117611169-5---------89
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Total1-2516117611169-5---------89
 1%-2%6%18%12%8%7%12%18%10%-6%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base174920722271243434533800415744575015521961536794727695541086711282333333
185721382325277435693919425746435083553063676955803599921100511282333333
000000425746435083553063676955803599921100511282333300
0000004357482951515842658071158795104291114411282333300
1865 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base165819692161231933033639398442754817501559226545701492341051510919333333
176220332214264734153754408144564883531761306701775496611065010919333333
000000408144564883531761306701775496611065010919333300
0000004178463649495620633768588494100881078410919333300
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 5015
Owner: Gig Em
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 5015
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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