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: $360.87 (10/23/2019)
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: 9/9/2019

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1896 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 600 700 1000 1850 9000 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - 540 575 625 825 1250 3550 12000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 518
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: 10/22/2019 1896 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-------3926201031911233452----517
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--------------31------4
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Total1-------3926201031911263552----521
 0 %-------1 %2 %5 %4 %20 %37 %24 %7 %1 %0 %---- 
1896 $5 MS 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
3/2/1995 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Bullet Sale #132, 132/Lot# 515 $187.00
11/7/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 7547 $1,207.50
8/6/2006 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2241, 2241/Lot# 2311 $291.20
5/1/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 6336 $862.50
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 5476 $1,610.00
5/8/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131120/Lot# 22946 $862.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1242 $702.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5527 $4,772.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 106591 $397.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $5 MS Prooflike
 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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