1858-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
8279
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
18,600
Mint:
San Francisco
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 45 R-8.6 12 / 112 13 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 45
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.6
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 112
60 or Better 1 / 112
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 13 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 218
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade PCGS #8279 (MS)     55
8 AU55 PCGS grade
8 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS61 PCGS grade
AU58 PCGS grade #2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
PCGS #8279 (MS)     55 #8 AU55 PCGS grade
#8 AU55 PCGS grade
#8 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1858-S Half Eagle is more rare than the mintage suggests, with an estimated 100 survivors to satisfy collector demand. Akers wrote that he knew of no examples better than XF, but today we know of more than a dozen AU examples. Whether this is a result of grade-flation or the emergence of some nice examples is irrelevant. It simply means that collectors have more options than they did two or three decades ago. Unfortunately, no true Mint State examples are known. Yet...

David Akers (1975/88):

The San Francisco Mint began production in 1854 and, of course, the 1854-S is one of the great gold coin rarities. The dates from 1855 to 1857 are also rare, particularly in high grade. But beginning with 1858 and extending to 1876, the San Francisco Mint Half Eagles are, without exception, extremely rare better than EF and some are actually unknown (to me at least) above that grade. The 1858-S is the first of that run of S mint coins and it is a major rarity in any condition. I personally have never seen one better than EF and no more than a few even at that level. This date, and all the S Mint coins that follow until 1876, are very underrated and underpriced in all grades.