Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 155,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $357.38 (12/14/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 S $5 MS obverse 1896 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1896-S $5 gold half eagle only had a mintage of 155,400 pieces. Additionally, most of those coins have been heavily circulated over the years. Due to this, the typical condition for one of these coins is typically between the XF and AU range. Mint state examples are rare, and those that do exist tend to be in the lower end of the range.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1896 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 465 480 530 550 565 775 1000 1200 2300 5200 9000 21000 - - - - -
$ - - - 600 825 1050 1600 3250 6500 11500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 402
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1896 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---14164035477311273824311-----402
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Total---14164035477311273824331-----404
 ---0 %1 %4 %10 %9 %12 %18 %28 %2 %9 %6 %1 %1 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/13/1999 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 8012 $1,955.00
3/19/2001 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1418, 1418/Lot# 1667 $923.13
9/2/2003 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23092, 23092/Lot# 14289 $224.25
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 411 $603.75
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7581 $8,625.00
6/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 106592 $422.40
11/16/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1049 $325.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027109211851206127813261379161720722364304741405196770433333
94599910161049112311921230129413441458176921692592341144926032770433330
0000001230129413441458176921692592341144926032770433300
0000001254131013611538192022672819377648446868770433300
1896 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base865933949966102811171138120612521303153119692250291039684992743133333
888938955987105811241161122112691379167720632470326343095805743133330
0000001161122112691379167720632470326343095805743133300
0000001183123712861455182321562690361546516618743133300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2910
Owner: Tim Stl
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1531
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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