1888-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
8373
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
293,900
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 1,000 R-5.0 56 / 106 TIE 167 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 38 / 106 135 / 218
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 60
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-8.4
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 56 / 106 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 106
65 or Better 1 / 106
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 167 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 135 / 218
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88): Undoubtedly because of the "common date" status of the other S Mint Half Eagles of the 1880's (except for the 1883-S and 1884-S which are also underrated), the 1888-S is generally regarded as a common date as well. As the auction data shows, however, it is not at all common and is actually very scarce in all grades and surprisingly rare in strictly uncirculated condition. I have seen only a few mint state pieces and consider this date to be very rare and undervalued. The 1888-S is much more rare in high grades than either the 1883-S or 1884-S and is as rare and equally unappreciated as the rare S Mint Half Eagles from 1895-1897.