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: $442.72 (7/30/2021)
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: 7/27/2021 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
Base1218125714101472179919632868294131243857454659737077746578698289872592649826104141124712128
12311308143115811854226528923002336840875022634172067600800984348905945110022106921154112734
000000289230023368408750226341720676008009843489059451100221069200
000000291730633613431654976709733677348149858090849639102181096900
1872 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1149118613331393170718652738280729853694436157476820719875928001842689519499100721088511746
1161123513531498176021562761286632213916482361056946732977288143860191349690103431117212333
00000027612866322139164823610569467329772881438601913496901034300
00000027842926345841395285646270727461786582848776931698811061400
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2985
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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