Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 36,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $429.51 (4/19/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S $5 MS obverse 1872 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This frontier-era Half Eagle was not preserved in quantity at the time of issue. Rather, virtually all of the 36,400 pieces produced were placed into circulation, where they were either worn to grades below the XF level or lost. A limited number of XF coins, nonetheless, did manage to survive, along with an even smaller quantity of AU pieces. The 1872-S is equally as rare as the 1868-S, 1869-S, and 1871-S.

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Last Updated: 6/8/2020

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1872 S $5 MS
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Base $ 535 650 700 1000 1175 2600 2950 4650 6750 13000 20000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 120
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61

The chart showing 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: 4/13/2021 1872 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--192417171117157-2---------120
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Total--192417171117158-2---------121
 --1%7%20%14%14%9%14%12%7%-2%--------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206124313791442167116972051312433863742475653677586333333333
1218128814001518168018152409321135054080496061077586333333333
0000002409321135054080496061077586333333300
0000002766329936234418516368467586333333300
1872 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138117313031363158316091949298532383583456551587317333333333
1150121613231436159217222294306933533910476358787317333333333
0000002294306933533910476358787317333333300
0000002640315434684238496065977317333333300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 3238
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3238
Owner: Fivekiller
 
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