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: $313.31 (11/18/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1881 $5 MS
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Base $ 350 360 370 380 390 400 430 460 475 485 500 525 600 1000 3500 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - 480 - 510 550 650 1350 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17584
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
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 1655 $1,380.00
10/11/2004 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #15, 19/Lot# 373 $299.00
10/29/2006 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #66111, 66111/Lot# 24568 $299.00
11/4/2007 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 2444, 2444/Lot# 2470 $313.60
4/27/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(7), 1154/Lot# 12051 $632.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1229 $702.00
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 148230 $352.00
4/14/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20725 $2,996.25
9/9/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(5), 1244/Lot# 15373 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $5 MS Prooflike
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1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75493394996699010281036105110951110117311861271130314502009369450493333
814938955974100310311041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493330
0000001041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1450
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1303
Owner: grayson72
 
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