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1875 $5 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1907

Christian Gobrecht
21.65 millimeters
8.24 grams
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 16 R-9.3 5 / 42 TIE 20 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 14 R-9.4 5 / 42 TIE 20 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 1 / 42 TIE 6 / 60 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 16
60 or Better 14
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.3
60 or Better R-9.4
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 5 / 42 TIE
60 or Better 5 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 42 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 20 / 60 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 60 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR65 PCGS grade
2 PR64 PCGS grade
3 PR63 estimated grade
4 PR40 estimated grade
#1 PR65 PCGS grade
#2 PR64 PCGS grade
#3 PR63 estimated grade
#4 PR40 estimated grade
P. Scott Rubin: The 1875 Proof Half Eagle is one of the rarest and most desired coins in a denomination that hosts some of the rarest and most desired coins in all U.S. coinage. This coin offers the rare opportunity to acquire an extremely rare date and denomination issue in superb condition. With a mintage of only 20 Proof 1875 Half Eagles struck and only 200 circulation strikes issued with the same date, makes this coin one of the lowest mintage in all U.S. numismatics.

Because of its low mintage this has always been a much desired coin. Collectors at the time of issue saved the Proof specimens in the few gold coin collections being built in the late 1870’s where completeness was the goal. This seems to show how few Collectors at the time strived for such collections of Gold coinage and also explains why so few of the 200 circulation strikes were saved in the year of issue. The highest grade seen for a circulation strike is About Uncirculated-58.

It is believed that as many as eleven Proof Half Eagles survive of which three are in Institutional Collections. This is a high survival rate but makes sense as explained above. There also seem to be less than 10 circulation strikes known, showing just how rare the 1875 Half Eagle really is.