1864-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

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PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU50

PCGS AU50

PCGS #:
8297
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
3,888
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 32 R-8.8 7 / 112 TIE 8 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 7 / 112 TIE 13 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 112 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 32
60 or Better 2
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 7 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 8 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Thomas Melish Collection - Kosoff 4/1956:2122 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:875 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:11150, $178,250

2 AU53 PCGS grade

Stanley Kesselman, sold privately in 4/1967 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/2000:500, $23,000

2 AU53 estimated grade
4 AU50 PCGS grade

E&M Collection

4 AU50 PCGS grade
4 AU50 PCGS grade
4 AU50 estimated grade
8 XF45 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5749, $44,062.50

8 XF45 estimated grade
10 XF40 PCGS grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade

Thomas Melish Collection - Kosoff 4/1956:2122 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1987:875 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 10/1999:11150, $178,250

#2 AU53 PCGS grade

Stanley Kesselman, sold privately in 4/1967 - Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 5/2000:500, $23,000

#2 AU53 estimated grade
#4 AU50 PCGS grade

E&M Collection

#4 AU50 PCGS grade
#4 AU50 PCGS grade
#4 AU50 estimated grade
#8 XF45 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5749, $44,062.50

#8 XF45 estimated grade
#10 XF40 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1864-S is one of the real rarities of the entire series. Only one specimen better than EF has ever appeared at auction (an unc described as "a choice beauty" that brought $70 at the 1956 Melish Sale) and most of the relatively few known specimens grade Fine or VF.
David Hall:

The "unc" mentioned by David Akers in his 1979 book was subsequently sold in the Norweb Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1987) and then in the Harry Bass Sale (Bowers and Merena, 1999). It is graded MS65 by PCGS and it is the finest known by an incredible 10 points!