Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 939,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $347.92 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1902 S $5 MS obverse 1902 S $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Although this coin only had a mintage of 939,000 pieces, it is still quite obtainable today. However, the price does rise substantially in the gem level, as these coins tended to circulate a bit before they were saved.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1902 S $5 MS
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Base $ 350 360 370 400 415 420 420 420 470 485 505 585 650 1000 2750 5250 23000 69000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 585 675 1200 2850 7000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2660
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, 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: 7/16/2019 1902 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---123981348154404407295474751383171--2646
--------------11-1----3
------------1231934----32
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Total---123981348154404417315514951413671--2681
 ---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %6 %1 %16 %27 %21 %18 %5 %1 %0 %0 %-- 
1902 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1382------14
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Total------------1382------14
 ------------7 %21 %57 %14 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/4/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1904, 1904/Lot# 1628 $2,640.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2092 $1,667.50
7/24/2011 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131131/Lot# 24541 $1,207.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20038/Lot# 1071 $2,574.00
9/22/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/22/2013, 93/Lot# 116787 $638.11
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 791, 800/Lot# 346 $3,024.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33718 $435.93
8/21/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131635/Lot# 29660 $399.50
4/4/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1253/Lot# 16738 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1902 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base921993101010271051109211081115116211771206125713451366156121263174435075261141333
945999101610351065109711101131116711871223128613521431174924753566540988221141330
00000011101131116711871223128613521431174924753566540988221141300
000000111311461172119612401316135914961938282539586467101171141300
1902 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base865933949966990102810441051109511101138118612521290147720213033417272581104733
8889389559741003103310461066110011191154120812651352165823583413520185211104730
00000010461066110011191154120812651352165823583413520185211104700
00000010491080110511291170123012771415184026963792622997841104700
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3033
Owner: DON PATE
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 2021
Owner: ryanrph
 
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