1894-S $5 MS69

CERTIFICATION#: -18121
PCGS#: 8389

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. U.S. Mint; Clapp Collection (1942). Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '82 price realized $19,800. Lot #589.

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1894-S is one of the most underrated and undervalued dates in the entire series. It is not often available in any grade and when offered for sale, the typical specimen is invariably only VF or EF. In AU, the 1894-S is very rare and strictly uncirculated examples are extremely rare. I have never seen a really choice 1894-S and I have only seen a few that were legitimately mint state.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 55,900 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 41 / 106 TIE 136 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 30 / 106 TIE 116 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 estimated grade  

Acquired at face value directly from the San Francisco, 11/1894 - John H. Clapp Collection - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:589, $19,800 - Marty Haber - David Akers “Auction ‘88” 7/1988:845, $115,000 - David Akers “Auction '90” 8/1990:1905, $264,000 - Heritage 1/2014:5459, $176,250

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade