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: $304.31 (2/28/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1891 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 387
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65


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12/5/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1514, 1514/Lot# 1811 $501.13
2/11/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 2350 $5,693.00
5/13/2007 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #67053, 67053/Lot# 23897 $776.25
11/19/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 196, 202/Lot# 817 $393.30
2/15/2010 NGC MS 62   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3798 $2,070.00
6/19/2011 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131126/Lot# 24527 $503.70
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 25268 $884.78
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 201090 $736.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 $5 MS
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Base2552953363844374895325756807458358911028133320092860391956628311123821413916074
268308352401454503546610701775853936112915582292321345006545966812967147840
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000000560645723805872982123117832576356650817428110251355300
1891 $5 MS Prooflike
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