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: $306.32 (5/29/2017)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1903 $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 500 535 585 625 800 1800 3350 7000 28000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 600 700 900 2075 4950 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1899
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
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
6/27/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1407 $385.25
12/19/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas On Line Session #399, 399/Lot# 8318 $299.00
10/29/2006 PCGS MS 60   Teletrade Auction 2279, 2279/Lot# 2675 $280.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1254 $702.00
10/28/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131245/Lot# 26479 $514.65
6/1/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 197855 $445.50
8/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4362 $2,820.00
12/6/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131550/Lot# 25404 $387.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110113811861271130315052335317244317756333
888938955974100310331046106611001119115412141282137017822614359255397756330
0000001046106611001119115412141282137017822614359255397756300
0000001049108011051129117012431292143820582893401166487756300
1903 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027105110921108111511621177120612571326137915892451331746178038333
94599910161035106510971110113111671187122312801344144918762740375057578038330
0000001110113111671187122312801344144918762740375057578038300
0000001113114611721196124013031361151921643028418468988038300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7756
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4431
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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