Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 97,000
Catalog: KM-101
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $320.64 (8/26/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1904 S $5 MS obverse 1904 S $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1903 the San Francisco Mint produced 1.85 million half eagles, but in 1904 the number dropped precipitously, to only 97,000 pieces. In fact, the 1904-S half eagle is the lowest mintage S-mint since the 1894-S, which is also considered quite scarce. All of the other S-mint half eagle mintages during the 1895-1904 era range from more than 100,000 coins on the low side to a couple of million on the high side, in the case of the 1898-S, 1899-S, 1901-S, and 1903-S issues. An undoubted reason for the paucity of half eagles coined this year was San Francisco's prodigious output of double eagles, amounting to more than 5 million pieces. Concerning the 1904-S half eagle Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth write, 'Most of the coins seen for the date are Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated. Mint State examples are quite rare, choice and gem specimens are seldom seen.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1904 S $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 425 435 450 475 500 525 540 610 800 950 1150 1700 3550 5350 14750 - - - - -
$ - - 575 675 875 - - 1900 4000 7900 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 281
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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7/17/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 266, 272/Lot# 6141 $368.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 63   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2161 $2,415.00
7/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3109, 3109/Lot# 1892 $488.75
9/6/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(5), 1174/Lot# 9673 $485.28
9/29/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 116791 $369.77
10/10/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15839 $340.75
6/19/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131626/Lot# 27503 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 S $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base101310281044106611031138115211731193128415051658184322683260393560487317106811587000
101810331051107811151143115911801223135815561720198525993485463964718438124111587000
000000115911801223135815561720198525993485463964718438124111587000
000000116611861254143116071781212629293710534468949560141401587000
1904 S $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base107310881103112411591206121912391258134515891744196924013365411162827543110021633700
107810931110113611751210122612451287142616411819211327223614483567028696127801633700
000000122612451287142616411819211327223614483567028696127801633700
000000123212521316150816921894225730443862555871239849145591633700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2268
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1284
Owner: ryanrph
 
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