1863 $5 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1907

PCGS #:
8453
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
30
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 18 R-9.2 16 / 18 23 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 16 R-9.3 16 / 18 23 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 7 / 18 TIE 17 / 60 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 18
60 or Better 16
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.2
60 or Better R-9.3
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 16 / 18
60 or Better 16 / 18
65 or Better 7 / 18 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 23 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 60 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade
1 PR64 PCGS grade
3 PR63 PCGS grade
#1 PR64 PCGS grade
#1 PR64 PCGS grade
#3 PR63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

This date has so much going for it. The mintage is super low (30 Proofs, with fewer than that known). It's a great date from deep in the Civil War. Plus, Proofs from thus year are usually well-made, often with great Cameos.

It is highly likely that all Proof 1863 Half Eagles are Cameos. However, the existence of non-Cameo Proofs in the PCGS Population Report seems confusing. In the early days, PCGS did not recognize Cameos and Deep Cameos on gold coins and were the coins resubmitted today, the numbers in the population report would shift towards the Cameos and Deep Cameos.

The finest example is a PCGS PR65+DCAM that currently resides in the Simpson Collection.