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

1881 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8354
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
5,708,760
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,650 • CH BU • 1-16-2006 • Stack's
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 25,000 R-2.7 106 / 106 218 / 218
60 or Better 7,500 R-3.5 94 / 106 TIE 195 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 106 TIE 48 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  

Goldbergs 5/2005:927, $11,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2009:1455

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

Goldbergs 5/2005:927, $11,500

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2009:1455

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1881 has the highest mintage in the entire Half Eagle series and is very common in all grades. In fact, this is probably the most common $5 gold piece.