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

1869-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS AU53

PCGS AU50

PCGS XF40
PCGS #:
8318
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
31,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$24,150 • PCGS MS62 • 11-13-2009 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 100 R-8.0 18 / 106 TIE 51 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 14 / 106 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 PCGS grade  
2 MS61 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 PCGS grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  
3 AU58 estimated grade  
6 AU55 PCGS grade  
6 AU55 PCGS grade  
6 AU55 PCGS grade
9 AU53 PCGS grade
9 AU53 PCGS grade  
David Akers (1975/88): Similar in overall rarity to the 1868-S, the 1869-S is an extraordinarily rare coin above VF. I have seen a few EF examples but nothing better. The tiny mintmark is always quite weak.