Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 233,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $434.02 (5/6/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a total of 233,461 gold half eagles in 1883. Most of those were business strikes, with only 61 struck in proof finish. Today, the mint state examples of this date are quite common in grades of MS62 and below. However, they become surprisingly scarce in better condition. The proofs on the other hand, are extremely rare in all grades as it is estimated that perhaps half have survived until present day.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2020

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1883 $5 MS
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Base $ 450 450 450 450 475 500 510 520 535 550 575 600 950 1850 14500 21500 25000 - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 585 675 1300 3500 16500 23000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 504
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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: 5/4/2021 1883 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------3312311003014111841214-----504
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Total------3312311003014111941234-1---508
 ------1%1%2%6%20%6%28%23%8%5%1%-0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87499310101027105110671092111511621177124312571345147221942710629975868247333
91499910161035105610751100113111671199124812861387171323663906672878068247333
0000001100113111671199124812861387171323663906672878068247300
0000001107114611721221125213161430195325385103715780278247300
1883 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base82093394996699010051028105110951110117311861271139320872585606473177960333
85893895597499510131036106611001131117712141312162422533745648275317960333
0000001036106611001131117712141312162422533745648275317960300
0000001043108011051152118212431352185624194904689977467960300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2087
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1393
Owner: McKown Collection
 
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