1851 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
8246
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
377,505
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Robert Faust, sold privately on 4/28/1963 for $150 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:995, $46,750

2 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20114, $19,975

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 estimated grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
6 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Robert Faust, sold privately on 4/28/1963 for $150 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 10/1997:995, $46,750

#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20114, $19,975

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 estimated grade
MS63 PCGS grade #6 MS63 PCGS grade
MS63 PCGS grade #6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
#6 MS63 PCGS grade
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.