Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 301,920
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.24 (9/21/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 $5 MS obverse 1879 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck just over 300,000 mint state $5 half eagles in 1879, a far cry from the millions struck in the years following. Due to the lower mintage, this issue is not nearly as common in grades of MS64 or higher as later issues, but it is still obtainable. The Mint also struck 30 proofs, of which less than ten are still known. As evidenced by the minuscule mintage, they are extremely rare in any grade.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1879 $5 MS
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 510 535 565 585 650 735 1600 3900 9500 19000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 750 2250 4600 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 710
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/4/1996 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #148, 148/Lot# 507 $451.00
11/22/1999 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1239, 1239/Lot# 2024 $242.65
2/21/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #29, 33/Lot# 1031 $231.15
4/16/2007 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2007 April Dallas, TX Final Session #451, 451/Lot# 8020 $385.25
6/9/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131325/Lot# 23464 $587.50
6/16/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20847 $440.63
7/20/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 207793 $438.77


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820933949966102811381152115911731186122612711369150523853545546675973333
858938955987106511431154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973330
0000001154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973300
0000001157116811821213125613361460209231584826688775973300
1879 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87499310101027109212061221122912431257129913451447158925033703568478753333
91499910161049113012111224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753330
0000001224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753300
0000001226123812521285133014131542219833035024714578753300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1505
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1186
Owner: ryanrph
 
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