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: $370.83 (8/25/2019)
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: 5/31/2019

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1881 $5 MS
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Base $ 350 360 370 400 415 420 420 420 470 480 505 550 600 1000 3500 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - 480 - 510 550 650 1350 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17952
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VF series, 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----8235164128325105555747916158386880778111---17925
------------2244-2----14
------------2164329------90
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Total----8235164128325105555747956176391584078131---18029
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %6 %3 %27 %34 %22 %5 %0 %0 %0 %--- 
1881 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------16134-1-----25
-------------1--------1
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Total-----------16144-1-----26
 -----------4 %23 %54 %15 %-4 %----- 
1881 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2---------2
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Total------------2---------2
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/28/2000 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1313, 1313/Lot# 1407 $3,587.00
8/6/2003 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore Bullet Sale #327, 327/Lot# 3748 $195.50
5/30/2005 NGC MS 67   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 927 $11,500.00
11/15/2007 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 195, 201/Lot# 6500 $948.75
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 12050 $517.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1229 $702.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1578 $506.00
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1184/Lot# 9299 $705.00
12/1/2013 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 141791 $425.21
8/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4356 $2,879.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $5 MS Prooflike
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1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75493394996699010281036105110951110117311861271130314502009369450493333
814938955974100310311041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493330
0000001041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493300
0000001046108011051152118212431292140118233132459750493300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2571
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1450
Owner: WFH71
 
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