1863-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
8295
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
17,000
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 55 R-8.4 18 / 112 TIE 21 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 7 / 112 TIE 13 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 55
60 or Better 2
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.4
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 18 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 21 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2011:9489, $25,875 - Heritage 8/2015:4343, $30,550 - E&M Collection

1 MS61 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2004:2465, $14,950 - Heritage 1/2008:3201, $18,400 - Bowers & Merena 4/2008:830, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2009:2719, $17,250

3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
3 AU58 PCGS grade
7 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU55 PCGS grade
7 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS61 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2011:9489, $25,875 - Heritage 8/2015:4343, $30,550 - E&M Collection

#1 MS61 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade

Superior 5/2004:2465, $14,950 - Heritage 1/2008:3201, $18,400 - Bowers & Merena 4/2008:830, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2009:2719, $17,250

#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#3 AU58 PCGS grade
#7 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 AU55 PCGS grade
#7 AU55 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1863-S is very rare in any condition. In my experience, this date is at least as rare as the 1863 and actually more rare in high grade. It is comparable to the 1858-S and 1860-S in overall rarity and is equally impossible to obtain in choice condition. Only one specimen as high as AU has ever been sold at public auction (PCGS CoinFacts editors' note: as of 1980), and I have personally seen only one piece better than EF, a coin in the possession of Robert Johnson at the 1973 Boston ANA that was subsequently sold to Harry Bass.