1876-S $5 MS65

PCGS#: 8341

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Ex. Haseltine Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Nov '79 Price realized $34000

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 4,000 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 100 R-8.0 18 / 106 TIE 51 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade   Haseltine-Garrett
2 AU58 PCGS grade   Ex-Bass Collection
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade  
3 AU55 PCGS grade