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: $304.24 (2/25/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 703
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
1/4/1995 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 514 $330.00
8/13/1996 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1996 ANA Bullet Sale #160, 160/Lot# 651 $935.00
4/4/2001 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21042, 21042/Lot# 2438 $180.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1367 $294.40
10/18/2007 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 187, 193/Lot# 5820 $230.00
2/15/2009 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2653, 2653/Lot# 2241 $437.00
4/13/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 187435 $8,800.00
2/6/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2534 $5,312.18


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $5 MS
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Base237275314360409477532586655699762802829990208734474912673610228157262446127346
249288329376431495550609669720775811882135525403935552079001206018637254220
00000055060966972077581188213552540393555207900120601863700
00000056863268474178882093617212993442361289064138932154900
1879 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 990
Owner: WFH71
 
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