Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,648,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1901 S $5 MS obverse 1901 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The silver issues from the San Francisco Mint in 1901 are all noted rarities in their series. However, the gold issues of this year are all far more common. In fact, the 1901-S half eagle had a mintage of over 3.6 million coins. Of this original mintage, NGC has graded over 500 in gem or higher, with the highest being a lone MS68! (9/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2019

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1901 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 575 600 625 675 2600 4500 18000 - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 585 610 650 1000 2750 7000 24000 -
1901 S $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 2000 2400 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8051
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1901 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----813382149142559156142323431534126341766111--8044
---------------141----6
-------------81538185----84
-----------------1----1
Total----813382149142559156142323511549130243973111--8135
 ----0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %7 %2 %17 %29 %19 %16 %5 %1 %0 %0 %-- 
1901 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------223------7
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Total-------------223------7
 -------------29 %29 %43 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/8/1994 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1994 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #117, 117/Lot# 889 $990.00
3/12/1997 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0927, 927/Lot# 1804 $949.50
2/5/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1209 $1,495.00
8/7/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 99, 104/Lot# 1207 $322.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1251 $702.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1645 $661.25
4/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 106628 $369.60
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3425 $1,762.50
9/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 116782 $387.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571326136615311799304741067465333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312801339142116202215340052267465330
0000001110113111671187122312801339142116202215340052267465300
0000001113114611721196124013031353147617102631375363457465300
1901 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861252129014501707291039357198333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412081265134315362108325250237198330
0000001046106611001119115412081265134315362108325250237198300
0000001049108011051129117012301277139716212509359361107198300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3935
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3935
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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