1859 $5 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1907

PCGS #:
8449
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
80
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 8 R-9.6 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 7 R-9.6 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 18 TIE 1 / 60 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8
60 or Better 7
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.6
60 or Better R-9.6
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 12 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 18 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 12 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 60 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR58 PCGS grade
2 PR53 estimated grade
#1 PR58 PCGS grade
#2 PR53 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

Approximately a dozen Proof 1859 Half Eagles are known, suggesting that the reported mintage of 80 examples is far to high (it might be approrpiate for silver coins, but certainly not for the gold). Most of the known survivors are Cameo or Deep Cameo; it may be that no non-Cameos exist. Three of the known exmples are locked up in institutional collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the American Numismatic Society, and the Royal Mint (London) Collection. The record price for this issue was set in 2015 with the sale of the Eliasberg-Trompeter for $164,500.

David Akers (1975/88): Possibly as many as seven or eight proofs are known including two superb gems in the Royal London Mint Collection that have not been generally accounted for.