Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 226,870
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.16 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1903 $5 MS obverse 1903 $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck 226,870 half eagles in 1903, far fewer than the over 1.8 million struck in San Francisco that year. This makes the Philadelphia issue a much rarer issue, especially in the grades of gem and above.

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Last Updated: 10/18/2019

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1903 $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 430 445 495 505 515 525 540 565 590 700 1300 2500 6000 28500 - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 585 625 875 1750 3500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1927
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1903 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----12-32712642505796314831945---1927
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-------------2131-----7
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Total-----12-32712642505798315862045---1934
 -----0 %0 %-0 %1 %7 %2 %26 %41 %16 %4 %1 %0 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/3/1993 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Dallas Bullet #111, 111/Lot# 552 $286.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 2526 $2,185.00
7/31/2006 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 98, 103/Lot# 1289 $350.75
12/2/2010 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(3), 1147/Lot# 4457 $1,207.50
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1254 $702.00
2/26/2012 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 2624 $450.00
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/18/2014, 168/Lot# 192806 $2,530.00
8/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4362 $2,820.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1208/Lot# 3959 $1,410.00
2/16/2017 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 February 16 - 19 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1252/Lot# 8146 $675.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571326137915892451331746178038333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312801344144918762740375057578038330
0000001110113111671187122312801344144918762740375057578038300
0000001113114611721196124013031361151921643028418468988038300
1903 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861271130315052335317244317756333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412141282137017822614359255397756330
0000001046106611001119115412141282137017822614359255397756300
0000001049108011051129117012431292143820582893401166487756300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4431
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3172
Owner: Tim Stl
 
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