Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 112,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $299.64 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1895 S $5 MS obverse 1895 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the 1895-S gold half eagle had a relatively healthy mintage of some 112,000 coins, most of those went into circulation. Today, this coin is usually found in AU grades or lower. In MS, this coin is extremely rare. In fact, the most commonly seen MS grade is only 61.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1895 S $5 MS
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Base $ 375 400 410 470 550 625 675 800 1275 2800 2950 3150 5850 - 25000 42500 - - - -
$ - - 700 875 1400 - - 4000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 317
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/25/2002 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 7043 $12,937.50
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 2282 $833.75
3/27/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 80, 85/Lot# 1018 $745.20
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5151 $562.35
5/1/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3057, 3057/Lot# 2399 $437.00
8/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4626 $1,645.00
5/25/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195901 $407.00
9/7/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1239/Lot# 8448 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1895 S $5 MS
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Base2983423894455026209491206177620682433264326882807371253676685796013899203573026845642
3123574074645417291034139618732189250326582727310842635806711099391605123660353920
000000103413961873218925032658272731084263580671109939160512366000
0000001120158619702311257326732767341048156245753511919182042696400
1895 S $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2433
Owner: WFH71
 
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