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: $305.91 (5/30/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 375 400 410 470 550 625 675 800 1275 2800 2950 3150 5850 - 25000 42500 - - - -
$ - - 700 875 1400 - - 4000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 318
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
6/11/2017 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1256/Lot# 4857


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
6/8/1998 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1056, 1056/Lot# 2115 $263.75
5/25/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22111, 22111/Lot# 11917 $20,125.00
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
6/2/2010 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 June Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1140, 1140/Lot# 8827 $446.20
11/3/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5151 $562.35
4/24/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1184/Lot# 9312 $705.00
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 106543 $401.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1895 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8659499901005109512061271130313631505194929102985308040955158743190463333
8939639951035113212281282132314101653226929353017341844495916796990463330
0000001282132314101653226929353017341844495916796990463300
0000001292134314581801259029603048375748046673850890463300
1895 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921101010511067116212781345137914421589205130473124322342715367770493613333
951102410561099120113001356140014911743238330733157357246366146825693613330
0000001356140014911743238330733157357246366146825693613300
0000001368142115401897271530983190392250026925880993613300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1949
Owner: WFH71
 
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