Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,855,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $303.75 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1903 S $5 MS obverse 1903 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1903-S gold Liberty half eagle has a mintage of over 1.8 million coins. It is quite common today, especially in the lower mint state grades. However, the coin becomes less common in gem, and quite rare in higher levels of preservation.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1903 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 365 375 385 400 425 440 470 480 525 535 585 625 775 1250 2800 5400 20000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 600 650 900 1450 4800 10750 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4411
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2017 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1256/Lot# 4860


Auction Prices Realized

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11/13/2000 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1377, 1377/Lot# 1639 $448.38
2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 2058 $2,300.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1171/Lot# 5066 $2,530.00
3/31/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131315/Lot# 22477 $1,292.50
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3426 $3,172.50
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 169735 $480.70
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 991 $925.00
6/4/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1221/Lot# 5298 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110117311861252130314771928291039526820333
888938955974100310331046106611001131117712081269136116272255325749086820330
0000001046106611001131117712081269136116272255325749086820300
0000001049108011051152118212301286141917782583360558646820300
1903 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112855005195325515656158111229158929223800578384271281919744
1111195356506523538555581680950134920333214446166649891151270
00000035650652353855558168095013492033321444616664989100
0000004285125275445605987451089146924773507512275451135500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2910
Owner: darktone
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1303
Owner: tommy44
 
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