Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 131,720
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $299.28 (2/23/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

Only 131,720 mint state $5 half eagles were struck in 1878. Many made it to circulation, making it harder to find in uncirculated grades than later-date examples. Most examples seen by NGC tend to range from AU58-MS62. The proofs of this date are far more scarce, however, with only 20 pieces struck. Less than half of those are thought to still exist.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1878 $5 MS
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Base $ 375 385 400 450 500 515 525 550 600 625 735 875 2300 4800 12750 30000 - - - -
$ - - 530 575 615 - 775 1000 2900 7300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 405
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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3/27/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 1012 $402.50
1/8/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 63809 $460.00
5/6/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3271, 3271/Lot# 2440 $550.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1750 $891.25
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5187 $3,290.00
11/10/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 151853 $467.50
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(5), 1238/Lot# 5873 $1,468.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $5 MS
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1878 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 804
Owner: WFH71
 
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