Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 61,360
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $341.87 (7/16/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 $5 MS obverse 1891 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1891 gold half eagle only had a mintage of 61,360 coins. This mintage is lower than all other Philadelphia issues for the rest of the series aside from the 1896. Most seen today have seen some use in circulation, and those that have survived in uncirculated condition tend to be in the MS61-62 range.

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Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1891 $5 MS
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Base $ 360 400 420 430 435 485 515 535 545 550 600 850 1450 4200 14500 - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 395
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1891 $5 MS
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Base------2621462391139938113-----389
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Total------2621462391139938113-----389
 ------1 %2 %1 %4 %16 %10 %29 %25 %10 %3 %1 %----- 
1891 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------132--------6
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Total-----------132--------6
 -----------17 %50 %33 %-------- 
1891 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/2/1993 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions '93 National Gold Convention Bullet #102, 102/Lot# 588 $495.00
6/29/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1062, 1062/Lot# 2050 $200.45
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1385 $332.35
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2350 $5,693.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(3), 1160/Lot# 4936 $1,437.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25267 $555.45
2/22/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 2169 $11,162.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 201090 $736.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921102710511013111511621170117711921221127813261472179925193948640733333
956103510511047113111651172118212021240129413751581203929954768640733330
0000001172118212021240129413751581203929954768640733300
0000001175118712111259131014231690227934725587640733300
1891 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8659669901013105110951103111011241152120612521393170724013783616933333
8999749981026106610981105111511331170122112991498193828624578616933330
0000001105111511331170122112991498193828624578616933300
0000001108111911431188123713461602217033225374616933300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2401
Owner: WFH71
 
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