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: $308.45 (10/23/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1896 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 415 430 450 475 500 510 520 530 540 650 765 1300 2250 9750 21500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 825 1450 3550 12000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/24/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 6982 $805.00
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
6/26/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 2030 $1,610.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1242 $702.00
10/23/2011 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/23/2011, 141/Lot# 20840 $649.00
11/7/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 8876 $862.50
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
4/27/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 5849 $1,086.88


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: WFH71
 
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