Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 867,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $304.24 (2/26/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 $5 MS obverse 1897 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-P $5 gold half eagle had a mintage of some 867,800 pieces. Judging by the NGC population, it is clear that a greater-than-usual number have survived in uncirculated grades. However, most are in the MS61-62 range. Gem examples are extremely hard to locate.

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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 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4325
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 7710 $1,150.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2060 $3,450.00
11/10/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 299, 305/Lot# 1215 $281.75
7/4/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2882, 2882/Lot# 2960 $546.25
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3424 $1,071.60
5/18/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 193669 $396.00
7/4/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21599 $434.75
9/7/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 212608 $2,500.00
8/28/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131636/Lot# 21594 $350.15


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS
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Base2372753143604094374504634824945155275757601206170730804016538879521190818076
249288329376418441454469486501519543636908137321643392447362429270139640
00000045446948650151954363690813732164339244736242927000
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1897 $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4016
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 760
Owner: WFH71
 
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