1872 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63+

PCGS MS63+

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
8325
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
1,660
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 50 R-8.5 3 / 106 15 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 26 / 106 TIE 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 106 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 50
60 or Better 6
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 106
60 or Better 26 / 106 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 106 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 15 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 54 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 2/2007:2327, $20,700 - Summer 97 Collection

1 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS63+ PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
4 MS63 estimated grade
6 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS61 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU58 PCGS grade
8 AU58 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 2/2007:2327, $20,700 - Summer 97 Collection

#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS63+ PCGS grade
#4 MS63 PCGS grade
#4 MS63 estimated grade
#6 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS61 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 PCGS grade
#8 AU58 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

As of this writing (2015), it has been almost thirty years since David Akers published his ground-breaking "United States Gold Coins, An Analysis of Auction Records Volume IV Half Eagles 1795-1929." His observations on the 1872 Half Eagle can be seen in his excerpt below. In re-assessing this date, it is clear that several changes have taken place not only with this date but in the context of the other dates, as well.

Akers noted in 1976 that the 1872 was the only date among the half eagles struck at the Philadelphia Mint from 1862-1872 known in Uncirculated condition. However, in the intervening years, all of the 1862-1871 dates have been found in Mint State with the exception of 1865 and 1869. The 1872 Half Eagle remains a rare date. In terms of overall populations, only the 1865 beats the 1872 among the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1862 to 1872. Akers remains correct that the 1872 is the most populous coin in Mint State, though not by much. The most common grade for an 1872 Half Eagle, as determined by the PCGS Population Report, is AU53, which is a shift upward from Akers' EF. His statement that "...a few relatively choice examples exist" remains correct, and none have appeared in Gem condition. Today, the finest examples top out at MS64.

David Akers (1975/88):

The 1872 has one of the lowest mintages in the entire $5 series and so it is not surprising to find that it is very rare in all grades. Most specimens are in the EF range but a few VF's and AU's are also known. Unlike the earlier Philadelphia Mint Half Eagles from 1862-1871, the 1872 is known in uncirculated condition and a few relatively choice examples exist. All the business strikes I have seen have proof-like surfaces.