Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 103
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 $5 PF obverse 1896 $5 PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck 103 proof $5 gold half eagles in 1896. Unfortunately, it is likely that far fewer than half still exist. However, those that do are usually found with cameo or ultra cameo levels of contrast and are usually in gem or better.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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1896 $5 PF
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Base $ - - - - - 2800 2900 - 4250 5900 6500 7500 11400 18000 37000 51000 80000 - - -
1896 $5 PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 13000 20000 41500 61000 - - - -
1896 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 14500 24000 47000 69000 110000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 28750 50000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 20
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1896 $5 PF
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Base-----------1-1--------2
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Total-----------1-1--------2
 -----------50 %-50 %-------- 
1896 $5 PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------123222---12
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Total-------------123222---12
 -------------8 %17 %25 %17 %17 %17 %--- 
1896 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1--32---6
------------------21--3
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Total--------------1--341--9
 --------------11 %--33 %44 %11 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/12/2005 PCGS PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1428 $10,925.00
7/12/2012 PCGS PF AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1172/Lot# 4946 $3,220.00
9/4/2014 NGC PF 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3432 $35,250.00
1/8/2015 PCGS PF AU 53   Cameo Heritage Auctions Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction Session(1), 231503/Lot# 63291 $282.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4389 $64,625.00
8/12/2015 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1223/Lot# 4388 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 $5 PF Cameo
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Base1111111122672927365040374404151586089743186019084111
111111175624873168377941594404172054686536782187629084110
000000175624873168377941594404172054686536782187629084100
0000001151127073409390842814404343957786983821189239084100
1896 $5 PF Ultra Cameo
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Base1111111133324202514256395945111791088499723111
1111111111136224515530757415945112637822391409723110
0000001111136224515530757415945112637822391409723100
0000001222139124828547358435945115273853694319723100
1896 $5 PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111146619492489278132383984457854866899867211125111
1111111489162721292586293334864182488059577490948911125110
0000001489162721292586293334864182488059577490948911125100
00000019771788230926833085373543805183642880811030711125100
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