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: $367.40 (9/21/2019)
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: 9/11/2019

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1903 S $5 MS
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Base $ 400 410 420 435 450 500 510 520 535 550 575 600 625 900 2000 4500 13500 - - -
$ - - - - 540 560 585 610 700 1100 2500 8000 - -
1903 S $5 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4483
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1903 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2425213158237748071283911758218409---4478
-------------1--------1
------------110101642----43
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Total----2425213158237748081294921774222429---4522
 ----0 %0 %1 %0 %1 %1 %5 %2 %18 %29 %20 %17 %5 %1 %0 %--- 
1903 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1211------5
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Total------------1211------5
 ------------20 %40 %20 %20 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/17/2000 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1358, 1358/Lot# 1401 $295.40
7/19/2007 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Rocket Sale - Internet Auction # 162, 167/Lot# 5037 $264.50
3/24/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 9763 $299.00
8/18/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 116789 $385.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3426 $3,172.50
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 2144 $4,025.00
8/21/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131635/Lot# 29661 $423.00
10/31/2016 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 31 - November 2 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1241/Lot# 8134 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 $5 MS S Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base92199310101027360110921108111511621177124312571326137915612029304741237077333
94599910161885360110971110113111671199124812801344144017172368340651087077330
0000001110113111671199124812801344144017172368340651087077300
0000001113114611721221125213031361150018732708376460927077300
1903 $5 MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base86593394996699010281044105110951110117311861252130314771928291039526820333
888938955974100310331046106611001131117712081269136116272255325749086820330
0000001046106611001131117712081269136116272255325749086820300
0000001049108011051152118212301286141917782583360558646820300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3952
Owner: DON PATE
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2910
Owner: darktone
 
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