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: $299.25 (2/23/2017)
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
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Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 500 535 585 625 800 1800 3350 7000 28000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1897
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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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
5/29/2011 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 19158/Lot# 1254 $702.00
2/11/2013 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3417, 3417/Lot# 2938 $475.00
12/8/2013 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 148308 $375.11
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4361 $2,350.00
7/24/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131631/Lot# 22143 $481.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941958974990102810661073108110951110113811861252130315052335317244317756815300
9479639791003104110681076108611001119115412081269137017822614359255397888815300
0000001076108611001119115412081269137017822614359255397888815300
0000001078109011051129117012301286143820582893401166488021815300
1903 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base990100510211051108811241131113811521166120612521327137515892807332446177960842800
995101010311063110011261133114311571179122112771343144619952979375557318116842800
0000001133114311571179122112771343144619952979375557318116842800
0000001136114711611193123713021359151824013152418668468272842800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7888
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4431
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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