Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,708,802
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $280.56 (12/9/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 $5 MS obverse 1881 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck over 5.7 million $5 gold half eagles in 1881. Today, they are one of the most common dates in the series, and are often seen in MS63 or better grades. However, only 42 proofs were struck that year, and perhaps 15-20 still exist.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1881 $5 MS
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 525 535 600 625 750 1350 4650 9500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 625 725 925 1700 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17326
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/9/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 (HWCA) New York Signature Sale Session(2), 363/Lot# 22303 $172.50
11/15/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 6500 $948.75
5/25/2008 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4689 $600.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1229 $702.00
10/13/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(5), 1160/Lot# 10087 $690.00
7/10/2012 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction - US and World Lots - Internet Only Sessions, 174/Lot# 13413 $472.65
9/30/2012 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3355, 3355/Lot# 2970 $488.75
4/20/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 187469 $344.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7549339499669901028103610511095111011731186127113031450200936945049535270481042911980
8149389559741003103110411066110011311177121412821352163625714146515059178175109460
0000001041106611001131117712141282135216362571414651505917817500
0000001046108011051152118212431292140118233132459752516483930200
1881 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111140912855005195325515656158111229164432943662529977911162717591
11113740995356506523538555581680950136721943416420761299069136150
00000035650652353855558168095013672194341642076129906900
0000004285125275445605987451089150527443539475369601034800
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5104
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3694
Owner: Summer97
 
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