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: $367.40 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1881 $5 MS obverse 1881 $5 MS reverse
Expand All    Collapse All

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.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/11/2019

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1881 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 575 600 625 1000 2750 8800 14500 - - -
$ - - - - 540 - 585 610 650 1250 - - - -
1881 $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2200 2850 - - - - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17962
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: 9/17/2019 1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----8235164128329105555747936160387080778111---17935
------------2244-2----14
------------2164330------91
-----------------------
Total----8235164128329105555747976178391784178131---18040
 ----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
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total-----------16144-1-----26
 -----------4 %23 %54 %15 %-4 %----- 
1881 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------2---------2
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total------------2---------2
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/3/2005 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 4174 $1,322.50
8/19/2007 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2410, 2410/Lot# 1943 $756.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1229 $702.00
1/29/2012 NGC MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1576 $661.25
9/30/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131241/Lot# 28803 $782.55
5/5/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/05/2013, 73/Lot# 106541 $396.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 699 $600.00
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
1111111111111111111110
0000001111111111111100
0000001111111111111100
1881 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base75493394996699010281036105110951110117311861271130314502009369450493333
814938955974100310311041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493330
0000001041106611001131117712141282135216362571414650493300
0000001046108011051152118212431292140118233132459750493300
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2571
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1450
Owner: WFH71
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer