1896-S $5 XF40

CERTIFICATION#: -27414
PCGS#: 8393

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $330

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1896-S is a very scarce date in all grades and is rare in AU or better condition. Mint state specimens are far more rare then most people realize and choice or gem examples are almost impossible to obtain. This date appeared in my survey exactly the same number of times as the 1894-S and 1895-S, that is to say, not very often, but in my opinion it is not quite as rare a date as the 1894-S and 1895-S although it is very nearly their equal in grades above EF. This date, like the other S Mint Half Eagles from 1894-1897, is very underrated.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 155,400 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
4
345
6
355
8
385
10
395
12
420
15
425
1
20
430
1
25
435
2
30
435
4
35
440
8
45+
465
50+
505
53+
540
55+
610
58+
950
62+
3,200
63+
6,400
64+
11,000
67
75,000
1

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 75 R-8.2 40 / 106 TIE 137 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 106 TIE 1 / 218 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade