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: $302.54 (2/23/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1885 $5 MS
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 525 535 615 735 1000 1650 9750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 635 800 1100 2000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1412
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1998 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 7836 $1,725.00
7/20/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2559, 2559/Lot# 2870 $532.00
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
7/6/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 169386 $1,150.00
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1210/Lot# 4309 $881.25
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 990 $1,050.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2372753143604094374504634824945155275757601206165831723499503873711094912556
249288329376418441454469486501519543636908135621623281401258158563114840
00000045446948650151954363690813562162328140125815856300
000000458475490508523559698105715072667339045256593975600
1885 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333439471484497517532551565615811127817493317365652437642113121
333148449475488503522538555581680966143522713430418560428865113120
00000048850352253855558168096614352271343041856042886500
0000004925105275445605987451122159227943543471468421008800
1885 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2162
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1206
Owner: WFH71
 
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