1887 $5 (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1907

PCGS PR64+

PCGS PR64+

PCGS PR63

PCGS PR63

PCGS #:
8482
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
87
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 45 R-8.6 25 / 42 43 / 60
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 22 / 42 TIE 40 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 21 / 42 TIE 30 / 60 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 45
60 or Better 35
65 or Better 8
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-8.6
60 or Better R-8.8
65 or Better R-9.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 25 / 42
60 or Better 22 / 42 TIE
65 or Better 21 / 42 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 43 / 60
60 or Better 40 / 60 TIE
65 or Better 30 / 60 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR64 PCGS grade
1 PR64 PCGS grade
3 PR63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4299, $39,950

3 PR63 estimated grade
5 PR60 PCGS grade
6 PR58 PCGS grade
6 PR58 estimated grade
8 PR55 PCGS grade
8 PR55 PCGS grade
8 PR55 PCGS grade
#1 PR64 PCGS grade
#1 PR64 PCGS grade
#3 PR63 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4299, $39,950

#3 PR63 estimated grade
#5 PR60 PCGS grade
#6 PR58 PCGS grade
#6 PR58 estimated grade
#8 PR55 PCGS grade
#8 PR55 PCGS grade
#8 PR55 PCGS grade
David Akers: The 1887 is the only date in the Half Eagle series that was struck only in proof. Compared to other proofs, it is one of the most common prior to 1900 and it is certainly more common than any of the proofs preceding it. However, since the date is only available in proof, the 1887 has reached a price level exceeding that of any date after 1859 except the 1875. Out of the original 87 proofs, perhaps as many as 30-35 still exist but most of the ones I have seen have not been particularly choice. In fact, I would say that gem quality specimens are extremely rare.