1851 $5 VF30

CERTIFICATION#: -27349
PCGS#: 8246

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $159.5

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1851 is more rare than one would naturally expect from the fairly high mintage figure. While not as rare as the 1849 or 1850, it is comparable to the 1848 and more rare than the Philadelphia issues from 1843 to 1847. The date on this and the mintmarked 1851 Half Eagles is huge, taking up the entire space between the bust and the rim. Many specimens have an attractive greenish-gold color as do other gold denominations of this date. Despite its current "common date" status, the 1851 is very difficult to obtain in strictly uncirculated condition.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 377,505 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
3
365
4
345
6
350
8
355
12
365
15
370
25
380
3
45+
475
50+
660
53+
700
55+
865
58+
1,550
62+
4,750
63+
11,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 300 R-6.4 77 / 112 TIE 113 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 77 / 112 TIE 106 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
1 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade