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1872-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 #:
8327
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.24 grams
Mintage:
36,400
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 115 R-7.8 23 / 106 TIE 63 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 106 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 115
60 or Better 1
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.8
60 or Better R-10.0
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 23 / 106 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 106 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 106
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 63 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58 estimated grade
1 AU58 estimated grade
1 AU58 estimated grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
4 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 estimated grade
#1 AU58 estimated grade
#1 AU58 estimated grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
#4 AU55 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

Most known specimens of the 1872-S are low grade, i.e. VF or less. In full EF the date is very rare and I have seen just a few at that level and two or three in AU. I known of one strictly uncirculated piece in a private west coast collection and the auction records indicate that there may be one or two others. As a date, the 1872-S is as rare as the 1868-S, 1869-S and 1871-S and only a little less rare than the 1866-S Motto, 1867-S, 1870-S, and 1873-S. The mintmark is very small but is generally sharper than on the other S Mint Half Eagles of this period.