Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $367.40 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 $5 MS obverse 1871 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

From 1862 through 1872 the Philadelphia Mint produced an incredible and memorable string of low-mintage rarities, ranging from a high of 6,870 business strikes in 1867 to a low of 1,660 circulation coins in this year, 1872. Most pieces known today are only Very Fine to Extremely Fine, with the average certified grade about Choice XF. Collectors of the day--the few who could afford to assemble sets of half eagles--preferred proof coinage from the Philadelphia Mint to Uncirculated business strikes.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1871 $5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 61

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1871 $5 MS
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Base-----27141415-3---------46
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Total-----27141415-3---------46
 -----4 %15 %2 %9 %30 %33 %-7 %--------- 
1871 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-----------1
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Total----------2-----------2
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/14/1997 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 0945, 945/Lot# 1873 $400.90
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 60   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 2034 $8,050.00
1/28/2004 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2004 January Long Beach Signature Sale #342, 342/Lot# 7019 $2,645.00
9/19/2010 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2870 $4,887.50
1/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6380 $4,887.50
8/8/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21453 $4,935.00
2/6/2015 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2531 $4,112.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1644169717491799202925852885327034964190447255827144333333333
1662171417661876221426853013334537274284484261037144333333330
0000003013334537274284484261037144333333300
0000003142342139594378521266237144333333300
1871 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1558160916581707192824642754312633454016429053676886333333333
1575162516741781210725612878319935694107464958736886333333330
0000002878319935694107464958736886333333300
0000003002327237924199500863806886333333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4290
Owner: Desert Gold
 
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