Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $309.85 (10/20/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 $5 PF obverse 1878 $5 PF 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: 6/6/2017

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1878 $5 PF
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1878 $5 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 65000 - - - - -
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1878 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 35000 46000 70000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 38000 52500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2000 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2000 Central States Sale #226, 226/Lot# 7717 $19,550.00
1/8/2003 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4841 $23,000.00
11/18/2003 PCGS PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23114, 23114/Lot# 11650 $25,875.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4368 $49,350.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 64   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4369 $30,550.00
4/26/2017 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1254/Lot# 4277 $82,250.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 $5 PF Cameo
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1878 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
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1878 $5 PF
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