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: $363.86 (9/17/2019)
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: 9/11/2019

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1897 $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 575 600 650 1000 2500 8000 - - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 585 625 725 1250 3250 - - -
1897 $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2500 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4479
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1897 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1-55198125615112021607749314779----4476
-------------2--1-----3
-------------46511----17
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Total----1-551981256151120216137553197910----4496
 ----0 %-0 %0 %0 %2 %6 %3 %27 %36 %17 %7 %2 %0 %---- 
1897 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1--11--------3
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Total---------1--11--------3
 ---------33 %--33 %33 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1631 $690.00
7/4/2010 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2882, 2882/Lot# 2960 $546.25
6/2/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 106550 $381.70
11/16/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1050 $330.00
2/13/2015 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3521, 6090/Lot# 20410 $340.75
10/3/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 8118 $470.00
1/7/2018 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131803/Lot# 26030 $480.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571345141016972194349655293333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312861367150618632628417455293330
0000001110113111671187122312861367150618632628417455293300
0000001113114611721196124013161388160120283062485155293300
1897 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861271133316092087334553163333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412141292142517682506400253163330
0000001046106611001119115412141292142517682506400253163300
0000001049108011051129117012431312151719282926465953163300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3345
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2087
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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