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: $361.00 (10/23/2019)
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: 9/6/2019

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1878 $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 600 700 750 2100 3850 9500 - - - - -
$ - - - - 545 - - 850 2650 7350 14000 - - -
1878 $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3650 6000 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 429
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1878 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1389144213227827017135-----423
-------------11-------2
-------------1-31-----5
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Total----1389144213227827218166-----430
 ----0 %1 %2 %2 %3 %10 %31 %6 %19 %17 %4 %4 %1 %----- 
1878 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1122--------6
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Total----------1122--------6
 ----------17 %17 %33 %33 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/30/1997 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0941, 941/Lot# 1956 $295.40
3/27/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 1012 $402.50
9/10/2006 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2040 $506.00
4/9/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 Dallas, TX Signature Coin Auction #450, 450/Lot# 1730 $632.50
1/13/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 77230 $522.50
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1187/Lot# 3647 $5,581.25
7/27/2013 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 31219 $776.68
8/2/2017 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 8154 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base826101010271051113112061221122912431278134513791514167127703912592782473333
887101610351078115612111224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473330
0000001224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473300
0000001226123812661323136814691619240435315255747482473300
1878 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774949966990106611381152115911731206127113031433158326433747570279603333
8329559741015109011431154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603330
0000001154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603300
0000001157116811951249129213901533229033795050720779603300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3747
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 580
Owner: WFH71
 
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