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: $303.00 (5/23/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1872 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 525 625 675 875 1275 2950 3500 4350 7500 - 24000 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 113
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 61


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
4/8/1994 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 1994 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #117, 117/Lot# 806 $935.00
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
5/25/2008 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4683 $3,565.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6924 $4,312.50
4/27/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6524 $2,073.45
1/3/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6384 $4,600.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5183 $1,894.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1138117313031363158316091949298532383583456551587317333333333
1150121613231436159217222294306933533910476358787317333333330
0000002294306933533910476358787317333333300
0000002640315434684238496065977317333333300
1872 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206124313791442167116972051312433863742475653677586333333333
1218128814001518168018152409321135054080496061077586333333330
0000002409321135054080496061077586333333300
0000002766329936234418516368467586333333300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 3238
Owner: Beau Newman
 
Grade: VF Details
Points: 792
Owner: tommy44
 
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