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

1860-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
8287
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
21,200
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,600 • PCGS MS62 • 10-1-1999 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 50 R-8.5 13 / 112 TIE 15 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 112 TIE 1 / 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 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:6438, $19,975

2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:6438, $19,975

2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 PCGS grade  
2 AU58 estimated grade  
6 AU53 PCGS grade  
6 AU53 PCGS grade  
6 AU53 estimated grade  
6 AU53 estimated grade  
6 AU53 estimated grade  
David Akers (1975/88): I have seen a few more of this date than I have of the 1858-S, 1859-S or most of the other S Mint Half Eagles of the 1860's and early 1870's but it is still a very rare coin in any condition and, to the best of my knowledge, unknown in full mint state. Personally, I have never seen a strictly graded AU specimen, and VF should be considered typical. Like all S Mint Half Eagles from 1858-1876, this date is very underrated.