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

1871 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61

PCGS MS61
PCGS #:
8322
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,200
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$15,275 • PCGS MS61 • 9-25-2013 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 10 / 106 TIE 34 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 14 / 106 TIE 31 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 106 1 / 218
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6781, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2016:4803, $15,275

1 MS61 PCGS grade

Summer97 Collection

1 MS61 PCGS grade
1 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 MS60 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS61 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2013:6781, $15,275 - Heritage 6/2016:4803, $15,275

1 MS61 PCGS grade

Summer97 Collection

1 MS61 PCGS grade
1 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 MS60 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  
6 AU58 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The grade distribution of the 1871 $5 looks markedly different than when David Akers wrote about this date decades ago.  He knew of only two AU examples (presumably the finest known to him), but today we know of at least five Mint State examples and well over a dozen AU's.  Part of the increase in the number of high-grade examples can be explained by the appearance of a new pieces in the marketplace, but it can also be attributed to the careful compilation of population data over the years for a date which normally wouldn't have meant much to Mr. Akers (unlike the rare dates and condition-rarities where he excelled).  Unfortunately, there are still no beauiful 1871 Half Eagles -- the best ones known to us are somewhat baggy MS61's.


David Akers (1975/88): The 1871 is similar in overall rarity to the 1869 and 1870 and a little more rare than the 1866, 1867, and 1868. most known specimens grade in the VF to EF range and I know of only two that reach the AU level.