1875 $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
8336
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
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 9 R-9.6 1 / 106 3 / 218
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 9
60 or Better
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.6
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 106
60 or Better 1 / 106
65 or Better 1 / 106
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 3 / 218
60 or Better 1 / 218
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/1993:557 - Heritage 10/2001:8278 - Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:1444, $86,250 - Heritage 4/2014:5752, $211,500

2 AU55 PCGS grade AU55 PCGS grade
3 AU53 PCGS grade
Offered by Stack’s/Bowers in 10/2013 for $250,000 - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2534, not sold
 
“Prior provenance unknown but possibly Paramount’s ANA Sale, August, 1974, lot 884; the Wolfson Coin (Stack’s), October, 1962, lot 514; or even the World’s Greatest Collection example, lot 429, graded “Very Fine” but not plated.” -- per the 2014 Stack’s/Bowers catalog)
3 AU53 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2006:3491, $46,000 - Goldbergs 2/2007:2335, $74,750 - Kupersmith Once in a Lifetime Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:5043, $149,500

3 AU53 PCGS grade
4 AU50 PCGS grade
4 AU50 PCGS grade
4 AU50 estimated grade
4 AU50 estimated grade
9 XF45 PCGS grade
#1 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/1993:557 - Heritage 10/2001:8278 - Richmond Collection - David Lawrence 7/2004:1444, $86,250 - Heritage 4/2014:5752, $211,500

AU55 PCGS grade #2 AU55 PCGS grade
#3 AU53 PCGS grade
Offered by Stack’s/Bowers in 10/2013 for $250,000 - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:2534, not sold
 
“Prior provenance unknown but possibly Paramount’s ANA Sale, August, 1974, lot 884; the Wolfson Coin (Stack’s), October, 1962, lot 514; or even the World’s Greatest Collection example, lot 429, graded “Very Fine” but not plated.” -- per the 2014 Stack’s/Bowers catalog)
#3 AU53 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2006:3491, $46,000 - Goldbergs 2/2007:2335, $74,750 - Kupersmith Once in a Lifetime Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:5043, $149,500

#3 AU53 PCGS grade
#4 AU50 PCGS grade
#4 AU50 PCGS grade
#4 AU50 estimated grade
#4 AU50 estimated grade
#9 XF45 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): The 1875 is unquestionably one of the great rarities of the series and it is tied for thirteenth with the 1829 Small Planchet with respect to rarity according to number of appearances at auction. Among Liberty Head Half Eagles, only the 1854-S is more rare. Out of the 12 auction appearances in my 337 sale survey, 9 were proofs meaning that business strikes were only offered three times in 337 sales. At least two appearances (1974 ANA and Wolfson) were of the same coin. I have seen only one other business strike, a coin that was discovered by Paul Wittlin in Europe in the 1960's and subsequently sold to Harry Bass. There may be a few others but I would estimate that at most 5-6 business strikes are known.