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

1885 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8367
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
601,440
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,925 • PCGS MS66 • 7-25-2005 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 77 / 106 TIE 189 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 67 / 106 TIE 168 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 3 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  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64+ PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade

David Akers (1975/88): This date is one of the most common dates in the series. It is easy to obtain in any condition.

 


Ron Guth: One of the counterfeit 1885 Half Eagles can be identified by the following: 1) depression on the upper serif of the 5 (on the left, just above the juncture of the stand and the serif); 2) raised spikes coming out from some of the denticles; and 3) depression below and on the right center of the R of AMERICA.

-- 1885 Coronet Type $5 Gold" by Brian Silliman, NUMISMATIST, June 2007, page 119