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

1896-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
8393
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
155,400
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$20,700 • NGC MS65 • 1-25-2004 • Superior Galleries
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 56 / 106 TIE 167 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 40 / 106 TIE 137 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 106 TIE 1 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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David Akers (1975/88): The 1896-S is a very scarce date in all grades and is rare in AU or better condition. Mint state specimens are far more rare then most people realize and choice or gem examples are almost impossible to obtain. This date appeared in my survey exactly the same number of times as the 1894-S and 1895-S, that is to say, not very often, but in my opinion it is not quite as rare a date as the 1894-S and 1895-S although it is very nearly their equal in grades above EF. This date, like the other S Mint Half Eagles from 1894-1897, is very underrated.