Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 867,800
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $319.40 (7/26/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 $5 MS obverse 1897 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a respectable original mintage of 867,883 pieces and an above average rate of survival, it is little wonder that Mint State survivors of this 1890s P-mint half eagle are strongly favored by advanced type collectors. While the occasional, exceptional collection will display an MS 65 example, the majority of collectors have undoubtedly settled for pieces that grade no finer than MS 64.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1897 $5 MS
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 500 535 600 650 900 1450 3750 10750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 625 700 1000 1550 5750 - - -
1897 $5 MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4215
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
8/2/2016 MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 22129
8/2/2016 AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131631/Lot# 21483


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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10/19/2003 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1794, 1794/Lot# 1747 $308.00
11/10/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 299, 305/Lot# 1215 $281.75
1/26/2014 NGC MS 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1801 $1,233.75
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204324 $600.00
11/14/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7447 $822.50
2/13/2015 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3521, 6090/Lot# 20410 $340.75
7/9/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7936 $705.00
8/13/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 1291 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS
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Base2372753143604094374504634824945155275757601206170730804016538879521190818076
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1897 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4016
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 575
Owner: American Freedom
 
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