1888-S $5 XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -27406
PCGS#: 8373

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $220

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): Undoubtedly because of the "common date" status of the other S Mint Half Eagles of the 1880's (except for the 1883-S and 1884-S which are also underrated), the 1888-S is generally regarded as a common date as well. As the auction data shows, however, it is not at all common and is actually very scarce in all grades and surprisingly rare in strictly uncirculated condition. I have seen only a few mint state pieces and consider this date to be very rare and undervalued. The 1888-S is much more rare in high grades than either the 1883-S or 1884-S and is as rare and equally unappreciated as the rare S Mint Half Eagles from 1895-1897.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 293,900 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 1,000 R-5.0 56 / 106 TIE 167 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 38 / 106 135 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade  
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1 MS63 PCGS grade  
1 MS63 PCGS grade