1865-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

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PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
8299
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
27,612
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 80 R-8.2 25 / 112 TIE 34 / 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 80
60 or Better 2
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.2
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 25 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 7 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 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 MS64 PCGS grade

Recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Brother Jonathan - Bowers & Merena 5/1999:45, $48,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/2001:377, $40,250 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2004:480, $43,700

2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:5899, $12,650

2 AU58 estimated grade

Goldbergs 5/2009:1287, $12,363

2 AU58 estimated grade
2 AU58 estimated grade
2 AU58 estimated grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade

Srotag Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

9 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Brother Jonathan - Bowers & Merena 5/1999:45, $48,300 - Bowers & Merena 8/2001:377, $40,250 - American Numismatic Rarities 1/2004:480, $43,700

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:5899, $12,650

#2 AU58 estimated grade

Goldbergs 5/2009:1287, $12,363

#2 AU58 estimated grade
#2 AU58 estimated grade
#2 AU58 estimated grade
#9 AU55 PCGS grade

Srotag Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#9 AU55 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Although the mintage of the 1865-S is quite a bit higher than the mintages of the S Mint Half Eagles from 1858 to 1864, it compares in overall rarity to the 1858-S, 1860-S and 1863-S and is only slightly less rare than the others. Almost all known examples of this date are well worn with VF and lower being all one can expect to find. The 1865-S ranks second in the entire $5 series according to average grade and I do not know of a specimen that would grade better than EF. The very few specimens that I have seen were rather softly struck and the mintmark was always quite weak.
David Hall:

The lone "miracle" MS64 specimen was recovered from the Brother Jonatan shipwreck and sold at auction by Bowers and Merena in May, 1999 for $48,300.