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

1897 $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
8394
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
867,800
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$13,800 • PCGS MS66 • 9-22-2010 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 85 / 106 TIE 197 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 79 / 106 TIE 180 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 39 / 106 TIE 56 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2010:5379, $13,800

1 MS66 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  

Heritage 9/2010:5379, $13,800

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1897 is one of the common dates of the series and is readily available in any condition short of superb. (All U.S. gold coins, even the most common dates, are rare in superb, nearly perfect condition.)