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: $304.19 (6/25/2017)
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: 17535
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/11/1997 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 0953, 953/Lot# 1913 $179.35
2/12/2000 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #220, 220/Lot# 327 $230.00
5/8/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 245, 251/Lot# 6195 $253.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1230 $702.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2036 $891.25
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# 13411 $473.80
5/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 106555 $591.90
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 8217 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75493394996699010281036105110951110117311861271130314502009369450493333
814938955974100310311041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493330
0000001041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493300
0000001046108011051152118212431292140118233132459750493300
1881 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111140912855005195325515656158111229164432943662529977911162717591
11113740995356506523538555581680950136721943416420761299069136150
00000035650652353855558168095013672194341642076129906900
0000004285125275445605987451089150527443539475369601034800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3694
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2009
Owner: Summer97
 
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