Estimated grade. Ex. Haseltine Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Nov '79 Price realized $34000
David Akers (1975/88): The 1876-S has the second lowest mintage of any of the very rare S Mint Half Eagles from 1858-1876 and it had the third fewest number of auction appearances in my survey after the 1864-S and 1862-S, ranking in the top 10% of the entire $5 series in that respect. Most known specimens are well worn, grading VF or less, and I consider this to be one of the rarest and most underrated Half Eagles in any condition. There is one gem uncirculated example in the John Hopkins University Collection (PCGS CoinFacts editor's note: sold in the 1979 Garrett sale.) All 1876-S Half Eagles have a "punchmark" in the earlobe and the tiny mintmark is always very weak.