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: $319.67 (9/29/2016)
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

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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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4285
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
Auction House
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10/5/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8120
10/5/2016 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8119
10/5/2016 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8118
10/5/2016 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8117


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 475 $207.00
10/2/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #447, 447/Lot# 9816 $265.65
11/10/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 299, 305/Lot# 1215 $281.75
8/1/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2898, 2898/Lot# 2774 $575.00
2/13/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211024/Lot# 26594 $460.00
6/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1206/Lot# 5719 $1,116.25
9/7/2014 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 212608 $2,500.00
10/8/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(6), 1210/Lot# 8977 $440.63
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
249288329376418441454469486501519543636908137321643392447362429270139640
00000045446948650151954363690813732164339244736242927000
0000004584754905085235596981057154026223704493070971058900
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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