1859 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

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PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58+

PCGS AU58+

PCGS #:
8280
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
16,734
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 75 R-8.2 25 / 112 TIE 34 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 18 / 112 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 75
60 or Better 3
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.2
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 25 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Dempsey & Baxter, a newly discovered Finest Known example, sold on the Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers website on 8/3/2018 for $50,000 - Numismatic Financial Corporation, Inc., sold privately in 8/2018 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS62 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1111, $6,037 - Heritage 6/2006:3335, $7,475 - Heritage 5/2007:3633, $7,188

2 MS62 PCGS grade
2 MS62 estimated grade

Heritage 2/2003:8232, $9,200 - Heritage 5/2005:8638, $8,912.50 - Heritage 6/5/2014:4832

5 AU58 estimated grade

Ed Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:514, $17,600 - New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:6217, $21,150

5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Dempsey & Baxter, a newly discovered Finest Known example, sold on the Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers website on 8/3/2018 for $50,000 - Numismatic Financial Corporation, Inc., sold privately in 8/2018 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS62 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 10/1999:1111, $6,037 - Heritage 6/2006:3335, $7,475 - Heritage 5/2007:3633, $7,188

#2 MS62 PCGS grade
#2 MS62 estimated grade

Heritage 2/2003:8232, $9,200 - Heritage 5/2005:8638, $8,912.50 - Heritage 6/5/2014:4832

#5 AU58 estimated grade

Ed Milas Collection - Stack's 5/1995:514, $17,600 - New Orleans Collection - Heritage 4/2015:6217, $21,150

#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU58 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1859 Half Eagle is a rare, low-mintage date. Akers claimed to have known of a Gem example, but nothing even remotely close has shown up since he wrote decades ago. The finest certified example is a Prooflike NGC MS63. The best of the rest rank only MS62 and the PCGS Condition Census dips into the AU58 range. This is a true condition-rarity that will pose a considerable challenge for the quality-minded collector.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1859 is more rare than the 1858 or any of the other Philadelphia Mint Half Eagles from 1843 to 1857 with the possible exception of the underrated 1850. Most known specimens are well worn with VF or EF being typical. A few uncirculated specimens exist but they are extremely rare. I do know, however, of at least one of gem quality.