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: $430.83 (6/21/2021)
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: 5/20/2021

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1901 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 575 575 575 585 585 600 600 600 615 650 675 700 725 900 2600 4500 18000 - - -
$ - - - - 620 665 680 715 735 1000 2750 7000 24000 -
1901 S $5 MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1350 2000 2400 - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8143
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: 6/15/2021 1901 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----1013432351150570155143823631554126741968111--8136
---------------131----5
-------------81543196----91
-----------------1----1
Total----1013432351150570155143823711569131144176111--8233
 ----0%0%1%0%1%2%7%2%17%29%19%16%5%1%0%0%-- 
1901 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------223------7
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Total-------------223------7
 -------------29%29%43%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 S $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571326136615311799304741067465333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312801339142116202215340052267465333
0000001110113111671187122312801339142116202215340052267465300
0000001113114611721196124013031353147617102631375363457465300
1901 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861252129014501707291039357198333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412081265134315362108325250237198333
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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