1900-S $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS69

PCGS MS69

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
8401
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
329,000
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 2,500 R-4.5 73 / 106 TIE 185 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 71 / 106 TIE 172 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 106 TIE 48 / 218 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 73 / 106 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 106 TIE
65 or Better 32 / 106 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 185 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 172 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 48 / 218 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS69 PCGS grade
1 MS69 PCGS grade
3 MS68 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2010:1624

6 MS65 PCGS grade PCGS #8401 (MS)     65
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS69 PCGS grade
#1 MS69 PCGS grade
#3 MS68 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS65+ PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2010:1624

PCGS #8401 (MS)     65 #6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
David Akers (1975/88):

The 1900-S is a very scarce and underrated date. VF or EF specimens are only moderately scarce but strictly uncirculated examples are rare and choice or gem quality pieces are very rare. The 1900-S is considerably more rare than the 1898-S or 1899-S and is similar in overall rarity to the 1897-S although not quite as rare in mint state.

David Hall:

This is a rare coin in Gem condition. There are 10 or so known grading MS65 or better. But interestingly, there are three monster Gems. There's an off -the-charts MS68. And then there are two incredible miracle MS69s. One of the 69s is the Eliasberg-Clapp coin. And I have an interesting story about the other one. In around 1987/1988, I was at the Long Beach coin show and my old boss Jan Bronson (I worked for him as his coin buyer in 1973 and it was the first time I had a lot of money behind me and could actually go buy expensive coins) came up to my table and said he thought he had a coin that he should submitt to PCGS. He said he wanted to show me the submission invoice to make sure he was doing it right. He had a really nice $5 Liberty that he had bought over the counter. He asked me if it was all right if he insured the coin for $25,000. The coin was a 1900-S and when I looked at it I said, "Jan, I think this coin will grade MS69 and you'll need to add a zero to the insured value." Sure enough, the coin graded MS69. It came out of nowhere...actually it came out of Beverly Hills...but I don't know how or why.