Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 354,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.30 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S $5 MS obverse 1897 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-S Liberty $5 gold half eagle only had a mintage of 354,000 pieces. Few were saved, and not many survived in mint state. In fact, NGC has only graded four coins above MS64.

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Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1897 S $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 430 445 495 505 515 535 800 950 1850 3500 6250 13000 19500 32500 - - -
$ - - - - 615 850 1150 2250 4500 - - - 40000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 438
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 69

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, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1897 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----65273534701535593323-12-1-436
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-------------3--------3
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Total----65273534701535593623-13-1-440
 ----1 %1 %6 %8 %8 %16 %35 %1 %13 %8 %0 %1 %-0 %1 %-0 %- 
1897 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------11--------2
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Total------------11--------2
 ------------50 %50 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/24/1997 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1000, 1000/Lot# 2054 $211.00
7/17/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6140 $379.50
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 2895 $1,207.50
11/1/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4655 $998.75
12/22/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 141804 $255.20
1/12/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131403/Lot# 24760 $470.00
3/16/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131412/Lot# 23070 $493.50
7/25/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22555 $661.53


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921993101010271051109211081115125713261460169717992345387549525582721093221277533
9459991016103510651097111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277530
000000111011621280137115391731198128554234516261257914104731277500
000000111312101303141516181765216333654593537266678618116241277500
1897 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base865933949966990102810441051109511101138118612711505196947564992695186441184233
8889389559741003103310461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184230
00000010461066110011191154121413491660289848355645751597101184200
000000104910801105112911701243142718143827491362988080107761184200
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1138
Owner: Ed Ron Collection
 
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