Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.23 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1875 $5 MS obverse 1875 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1875 half eagle is not only one of the great rarities in the series of Liberty half eagles, it is also one of the outstanding rarities among all United States gold coins. Only 200 business strikes were produced (along with 20 proofs), and today estimates of survivors are as low as half a dozen pieces. When an 1875 half eagle is offered in the marketplace, the main question to be answered is whether or not it is really a business strike. The answer lies not only in the third-party encasement, but close examination will also reveal that the left base of the 1 in the date is left of the center of a dentil, unlike proofs which have the left base of the 1 right of the center of a dentil.

The 1875 is the second rarest Coronet half eagle, second only to the legendary 1854-S. It is surprising how many big name collections have lacked an example of the 1875: Eliasberg only had a proof, Amon Carter did not own one, nor did the Norwebs. In Akers' study of the half eagle series, out of the 337 gold sales he surveyed, business strike 1875 fives were only offered three times.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 9/5/2019

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1875 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 55

The chart showing 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1875 $5 MS
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Total------1--1------------2
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/3/2001 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 8278 $25,300.00
9/15/2003 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 1150 $34,500.00
2/11/2007 NGC AU 55   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2335 $74,750.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5043 $149,500.00
6/27/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2534 $229,125.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 $5 MS Prooflike
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Base53676324872710255114131235812571143471546517623333333333333
56867125923610641117281242913163147201618417623333333333330
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1875 $5 MS
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Base5158608984289918110471197012178139141500617118333333333333
54686869892510294113551203912757142781571017118333333333330
00000012757142781571017118333333333300
00000013335146421641417118333333333300
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