1872-S $5 VF20

CERTIFICATION#: -27378
PCGS#: 8327

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $297

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Most known specimens of the 1872-S are low grade, i.e. VF or less. In full EF the date is very rare and I have seen just a few at that level and two or three in AU. I known of one strictly uncirculated piece in a private west coast collection and the auction records indicate that there may be one or two others. As a date, the 1872-S is as rare as the 1868-S, 1869-S and 1871-S and only a little less rare than the 1866-S Motto, 1867-S, 1870-S, and 1873-S. The mintmark is very small but is generally sharper than on the other S Mint Half Eagles of this period.

 

 

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 36,400 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 115 R-7.8 23 / 106 TIE 63 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 106 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58 estimated grade  
1 AU58 estimated grade  
1 AU58 estimated grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade  
4 AU55 PCGS grade