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: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1872 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 525 625 675 1000 1600 2750 2950 4650 6750 13000 20000 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
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: 10/8/2019 1872 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--192317161116156-2---------116
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Total--192317161116157-2---------117
 --1 %8 %20 %15 %14 %9 %14 %13 %6 %-2 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/1997 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1997 September Long Beach Sale #178, 178/Lot# 7555 $2,070.00
1/5/2005 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1984, 1984/Lot# 2129 $396.00
6/19/2006 NGC VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 92, 97/Lot# 1141 $391.00
9/10/2006 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2036 $1,150.00
9/27/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 3444 $13,225.00
6/3/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4578 $808.40
11/2/2017 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1261/Lot# 17835 $3,360.00
2/22/2018 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1272/Lot# 5767 $3,360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206124313791442167116972051312433863742475653677586333333333
1218128814001518168018152409321135054080496061077586333333330
0000002409321135054080496061077586333333300
0000002766329936234418516368467586333333300
1872 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138117313031363158316091949298532383583456551587317333333333
1150121613231436159217222294306933533910476358787317333333330
0000002294306933533910476358787317333333300
0000002640315434684238496065977317333333300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 3238
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 3238
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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