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: $303.22 (5/23/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1879 $5 MS obverse 1879 $5 MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

VarietyPlus®

There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1879 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 375 385 425 500 515 525 535 565 600 680 800 1875 4250 11500 26500 - - - -
$ - - 530 545 575 - 700 900 2250 5700 - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 703
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


Upcoming Auctions

A random selection of NGC coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/11/2017 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7983


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/1997 PCGS MS 60   Teletrade Auction 0919, 919/Lot# 1779 $221.55
12/23/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23125, 23125/Lot# 14311 $460.00
9/21/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24094, 24094/Lot# 12920 $181.70
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 8563 $431.25
10/18/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 187, 193/Lot# 5820 $230.00
10/27/2013 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 146747 $495.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 181466 $552.20
3/27/2015 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7384 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820933949966102811381152115911731186122612711369150523853545546675973333
858938955987106511431154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973330
0000001154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973300
0000001157116811821213125613361460209231584826688775973300
1879 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87499310101027109212061221122912431257129913451447158925033703568478753333
91499910161049113012111224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753330
0000001224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753300
0000001226123812521285133014131542219833035024714578753300
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1505
Owner: WFH71
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

Baltimore Bustling-NGC Slabs Dominate Rarities Night

4/5/2012 — Excitement was definitely in the air. A powerful buzz and chatter was heard echoing on the floor.
View full article >


NGC Auction Central Disclaimer