1900-S $5 MS67

CERTIFICATION#: -27421
PCGS#: 8401

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Direct from SF Mint Sold by Bowers and Merena Nov '83 price realized $9350

Expert Comments

David Akers (1975/88): The 1900-S is a very scarce and underrated date. VF or EF specimens are only moderately scarce but strictly uncirculated examples are rare and choice or gem quality pieces are very rare. The 1900-S is considerably more rare than the 1898-S or 1899-S and is similar in overall rarity to the 1897-S although not quite as rare in mint state.

 

David Hall: This is a rare coin in Gem condition. There are 10 or so known grading MS65 or better. But interestingly, there are three monster Gems. There's an off -the-charts MS68. And then there are two incredible miracle MS69s. One of the 69s is the Eliasberg-Clapp coin. And I have an interesting story about the other one. In around 1987/1988, I was at the Long Beach coin show and my old boss Jan Bronson (I worked for him as his coin buyer in 1973 and it was the first time I had a lot of money behind me and could actually go buy expensive coins) came up to my table and said he thought he had a coin that he should submitt to PCGS. He said he wanted to show me the submission invoice to make sure he was doing it right. He had a really nice $5 Liberty that he had bought over the counter. He asked me if it was all right if he insured the coin for $25,000. The coin was a 1900-S and when I looked at it I said, "Jan, I think this coin will grade MS69 and you'll need to add a zero to the insured value." Sure enough, the coin graded MS69. It came out of nowhere...actually it came out of Beverly Hills...but I don't know how or why.

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 329,000 Weight: 8.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
12
355
15
360
20
365
30
375
45+
385
50+
390
53+
395
55+
435
58+
490
62+
780
1
63+
1,100
64+
2,200
1
65+
13,500
1
66
25,000
2
68
85,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 73 / 106 TIE 185 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 71 / 106 TIE 172 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 106 TIE 48 / 218 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade  
1 MS69 PCGS grade  
3 MS68 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade