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: $306.71 (5/27/2017)
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: 4347
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1396 $373.75
6/1/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408, 408/Lot# 3384 $1,725.00
7/30/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 3073 $6,325.00
5/24/2009 NGC MS 62   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 1296 $437.00
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 2800 $546.25
8/30/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3424 $1,071.60
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204324 $600.00
7/24/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 22129 $423.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861271133316092087334553163333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412141292142517682506400253163330
0000001046106611001119115412141292142517682506400253163300
0000001049108011051129117012431312151719282926465953163300
1897 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571345141016972194349655293333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312861367150618632628417455293330
0000001110113111671187122312861367150618632628417455293300
0000001113114611721196124013161388160120283062485155293300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5316
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1333
Owner: WFH71
 
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