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

1879 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
8348
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
301,920
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$20,125 • PCGS MS66 • 11-16-2012 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 66 / 106 TIE 178 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 54 / 106 TIE 155 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 15 / 106 TIE 30 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena “Great Lakes Collection” 11/1998:4008 - Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3278, $20,125

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Bowers & Merena “Great Lakes Collection” 11/1998:4008 - Stack’s/Bowers 11/2012:3278, $20,125

2 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64+ PCGS grade  
9 MS64 PCGS grade  
9 MS64 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1879 is relatively common in all grades, more so than the 1878, but the date is suffiently scarce in uncirculated condition to keep it from the "common date gold" classification. Gems are not regularly seen.