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: $367.40 (9/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/11/2019

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1891 $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 600 775 1350 3900 14500 - - - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 650 900 1900 5750 - - - -
1891 $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - - - - - - - -
1891 $5 MS Deep Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 396
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: 9/17/2019 1891 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------2621462391139939113-----390
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Total------2621462391139939113-----390
 ------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
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1385 $332.35
10/25/2009 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2762, 2762/Lot# 2736 $747.50
9/2/2012 NGC MS 60   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 2091 $460.00
2/17/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131309/Lot# 20402 $658.00
8/18/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131335/Lot# 22921 $681.50
8/30/2013 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3419 $1,075.13
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 201090 $736.00
9/9/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(5), 1244/Lot# 15385 $399.50


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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