Description and Analysis

Liberty Head $5
1885 $5 MS

Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint produced a healthy mintage of just over 600,000 $5 gold half eagles in 1885. In addition, 66 proofs were also struck. The business strike issues are very common through MS64, but gem coins are extremely rare. It is believed that perhaps 25 or so proofs still exist, and NGC has only certified a mere 19 pieces, some of which are likely resubmissions. (11/2016)