1856 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
8266
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
197,990
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 400 R-6.2 86 / 112 TIE 123 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 94 / 112 TIE 127 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 12 / 112 TIE 18 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400
60 or Better 35
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-8.8
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 86 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 94 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 112 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 123 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 127 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

David Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1901, $88,000 - Edward Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:500 - New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:5343, $54,050

2 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 estimated grade
3 MS64 estimated grade
3 MS64 estimated grade
8 MS63+ PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2015:1831, $5,405

9 MS63 PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

David Akers “Auction ‘90” 8/1990:1901, $88,000 - Edward Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:500 - New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:5343, $54,050

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 estimated grade
#3 MS64 estimated grade
#3 MS64 estimated grade
#8 MS63+ PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2015:1831, $5,405

#9 MS63 PCGS grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): This date is not as rare as the 1851, 1853, 1854 or 1855 but it is definitely more rare than the 1843, 1847, 1852 or 1861. Uncirculated specimens are known, but they are very rare and VF or EF are the grades one is most likely to encounter.