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: $306.71 (5/28/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1896 $5 MS
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 490 520 540 565 675 750 1125 1850 10850 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 700 800 1600 3250 13500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 504
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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6/11/2017 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 8008


Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/1995 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Bullet Sale #129, 129/Lot# 786 $1,430.00
5/1/2008 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 243, 249/Lot# 6336 $862.50
5/23/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2858, 2858/Lot# 3037 $517.50
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6556 $1,380.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1242 $702.00
7/12/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4926 $1,610.00
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
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5957 $7,931.25
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105111241166119313401363145018212368533670143333
888938955974100310331046107511381175124213481392157420033357589570143330
0000001046107511381175124213481392157420033357589570143300
0000001049110011521184129113551421169721864347645570143300
1896 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511921235126414181442153119182486555072763333
94599910161035106510971110114112061245131514261472166021073507612572763330
0000001110114112061245131514261472166021073507612572763300
0000001113116612211254136714341501178922974529670172763300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 7014
Owner: Summer97
 
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