1856-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

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PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS #:
8270
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
105,100
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 225 R-6.7 64 / 112 TIE 99 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 29 / 112 TIE 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 225
60 or Better 5
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.7
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 64 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 99 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade

Heritage 2/1999:6288, $26,450

3 MS62 PCGS grade

Recovered from the wreck of the SS Central America

3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS61 PCGS grade
7 MS61 PCGS grade
9 MS60 PCGS grade
9 MS60 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade

Heritage 2/1999:6288, $26,450

#3 MS62 PCGS grade

Recovered from the wreck of the SS Central America

#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS61 PCGS grade
#7 MS61 PCGS grade
#9 MS60 PCGS grade
#9 MS60 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Despite its higher mintage, the 1856-S is quite comparable to the 1855-S in overall rarity. In my 337 catalogue survey it appeared only five times more than the 1855-S. I have seen only two uncirculated specimens, and no more than three or four others better than EF. Well worn examples are the norm for this date. Varieties with large S (as on 1854-1855) and with the smaller S are both known.