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: $313.96 (9/22/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1878 $5 MS
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Base $ 375 385 400 425 450 475 500 525 535 550 700 815 2000 4350 9500 20000 - - - -
$ - - - - 545 - - 850 2475 7350 14000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 409
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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3/28/2001 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21041, 21041/Lot# 1418 $500.00
3/27/2006 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 1012 $402.50
5/2/2010 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2846, 2846/Lot# 3247 $517.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1572 $3,910.00
1/13/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 77230 $522.50
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
1/7/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7102 $8,812.50
6/8/2017 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7981 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774949966990106611381152115911731206127113031433158326433747570279603333
8329559741015109011431154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603330
0000001154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603300
0000001157116811951249129213901533229033795050720779603300
1878 $5 MS Prooflike
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Base826101010271051113112061221122912431278134513791514167127703912592782473333
887101610351078115612111224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473330
0000001224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473300
0000001226123812661323136814691619240435315255747482473300
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