Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 601,440
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $317.13 (9/19/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 $5 MS obverse 1885 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint produced a healthy mintage of just over 600,000 $5 gold half eagles in 1885. In addition, 66 proofs were also struck. The business strike issues are very common through MS64, but gem coins are extremely rare. It is believed that perhaps 25 or so proofs still exist, and NGC has only certified a mere 19 pieces, some of which are likely resubmissions. (11/2016)



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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1885 $5 MS
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Base $ 355 365 375 385 400 415 430 460 475 500 560 575 700 1550 12750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 590 800 1700 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1427
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1379 $431.25
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 2042 $1,322.50
1/24/2012 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10639 $431.25
7/1/2012 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3303, 3303/Lot# 2382 $1,000.00
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 168070 $825.00
7/26/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131531/Lot# 21612 $446.50
7/24/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21472 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base82093394996699010281044105110951110117311861290143317072233510433333
858938955974100310331046106611001131117712211338152418823190510433330
0000001046106611001131117712211338152418823190510433300
0000001049108011051152118212551385161620584147510433300
1885 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87499310101027105110921108111511621177124312571366151417992345531133333
91499910161035106510971110113111671199124812931415160919813334531133330
0000001110113111671199124812931415160919813334531133300
0000001113114611721221125213301465170421634322531133300
1885 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base949107510941111113811811198120612561271134013561471162819282503559833333
991108111001120115211871201122312611294134513941523172821203535559833330
0000001201122312611294134513941523172821203535559833300
0000001203123912661317135114331576182823114566559833300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1707
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1173
Owner: ryanrph
 
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