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: $442.65 (5/13/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 $5 MS obverse 1878 $5 MS reverse
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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: 6/8/2020

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1878 $5 MS
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Base $ 450 450 450 450 475 500 510 520 535 600 700 750 2100 3850 9500 - - - - -
$ - - - - 545 - - 850 2650 7350 14000 - - -
1878 $5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 3650 6000 - - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 438
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
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: 5/11/2021 1878 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1389144413327837416136-----431
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Total----1389144413327837517167-----437
 ----0%1%2%2%3%10%30%6%19%17%4%4%2%----- 
1878 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1132--------7
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Total----------1132--------7
 ----------14%14%43%29%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $5 MS PL
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Base826101010271051113112061221122912431278134513791514167127703912592782473333
887101610351078115612111224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473333
0000001224123412551300135614241566203731514584670082473300
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1878 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base774949966990106611381152115911731206127113031433158326433747570279603333
8329559741015109011431154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603333
0000001154116411841228128213461483193630114399645579603300
0000001157116811951249129213901533229033795050720779603300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3747
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: MS 61 PL
Points: 1514
Owner: ASK123
 
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