Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 58,960
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $428.65 (7/6/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $5 MS obverse 1896 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of gold half eagles in Philadelphia dropped precipitously from 1895's 1.3 million coins to only 58,960 coins in 1896. Even with such a huge drop in mintage, the 1896 half eagle is still available for not much of a premium through AU. However, in MS, the coin's value rises, especially in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/8/2020

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1896 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 450 450 450 475 500 510 520 535 550 600 700 1000 1850 9000 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - 540 575 625 825 1250 3550 12000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 517
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1896 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-------3926201011911243452----516
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--------------31------4
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Total1-------3926201011911273552----520
 0%-------1%2%5%4%19%37%24%7%1%0%---- 
1896 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1----------1
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Total-----------1----------1
 -----------100%---------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511921235126414181442153119182486555072763333
94599910161035106510971110114112061245131514261472166021073507612572763330
0000001110114112061245131514261472166021073507612572763300
0000001113116612211254136714341501178922974529670172763300
1896 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105111241166119313401363145018212368533670143333
888938955974100310331046107511381175124213481392157420033357589570143330
0000001046107511381175124213481392157420033357589570143300
0000001049110011521184129113551421169721864347645570143300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1821
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1821
Owner: WFH71
 
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