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SERIES: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1853 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8253
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
305,770
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$76,375 • PCGS MS66 • 2-13-2014 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 550 R-5.9 103 / 112 TIE 145 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 98 / 112 TIE 137 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS63 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): The "common date" status accorded this date by price guides is very misleading, particularly in AU or uncirculated condition. Moderately scarce in any grade, the 1853 is actually very rare in strictly uncirculated condition and virtually unobtainable in choice or gem condition. It is comparable in rarity to the 1851 and more rare than the 1843, 1847, 1852, or 1861, the only dates of this type that are available with any regularity in choice condition.