1871 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

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PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS #:
8322
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
3,200
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 75 R-8.2 10 / 106 TIE 34 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 14 / 106 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 75
60 or Better 4
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.2
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 106 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 106 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 106
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 34 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6781, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2016:4803, $15,275

1 MS61 PCGS grade

Summer97 Collection

1 MS61 PCGS grade
1 MS61 PCGS grade
5 MS60 PCGS grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade
6 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6781, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2016:4803, $15,275

#1 MS61 PCGS grade

Summer97 Collection

#1 MS61 PCGS grade
#1 MS61 PCGS grade
#5 MS60 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 PCGS grade
#6 AU58 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The grade distribution of the 1871 $5 looks markedly different than when David Akers wrote about this date decades ago. He knew of only two AU examples (presumably the finest known to him), but today we know of at least five Mint State examples and well over a dozen AU's. Part of the increase in the number of high-grade examples can be explained by the appearance of a new pieces in the marketplace, but it can also be attributed to the careful compilation of population data over the years for a date which normally wouldn't have meant much to Mr. Akers (unlike the rare dates and condition-rarities where he excelled). Unfortunately, there are still no beauiful 1871 Half Eagles -- the best ones known to us are somewhat baggy MS61's.

David Akers (1975/88): The 1871 is similar in overall rarity to the 1869 and 1870 and a little more rare than the 1866, 1867, and 1868. most known specimens grade in the VF to EF range and I know of only two that reach the AU level.