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: $362.93 (9/20/2019)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/11/2019

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1879 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 600 650 1350 3750 8775 19000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 750 2250 4600 - - - -
1879 $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1600 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 730
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1879 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----31011208620456174113251741----724
------------2--11-----4
-------------311------5
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Total-----31011208620456176116261951----733
 -----0 %1 %2 %3 %12 %28 %8 %24 %16 %4 %3 %1 %0 %---- 
1879 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2-22--------6
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-----------------------
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Total----------2-22--------6
 ----------33 %-33 %33 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/14/2003 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1818, 1818/Lot# 1407 $209.00
4/20/2004 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24044, 24044/Lot# 11994 $325.45
11/1/2004 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #18, 22/Lot# 342 $333.50
4/10/2006 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 8563 $431.25
3/24/2010 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 9736 $546.25
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 106539 $390.50
7/11/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7019 $399.50
9/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3427 $6,462.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87499310101027109212061221122912431257129913451447158925033703568478753333
91499910161049113012111224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753330
0000001224123412481271131413791494189429034363641478753300
0000001226123812521285133014131542219833035024714578753300
1879 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base820933949966102811381152115911731186122612711369150523853545546675973333
858938955987106511431154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973330
0000001154116411771199124113041414179827724185617675973300
0000001157116811821213125613361460209231584826688775973300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3545
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2385
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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