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

1897-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
8395
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
354,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • PCGS MS68 • 1-12-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,250 R-4.9 61 / 106 TIE 172 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 65 R-8.3 39 / 106 136 / 218
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 30 / 106 TIE 46 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 estimated grade  
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 estimated grade  
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  
8 MS65 estimated grade  
8 MS65 estimated grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1897-S is another uderrated Half Eagle from the San Francisco Mint, just like the three dates immediately peceding it, the 1894-S, 1895-S and 1896-S. It is not quite as rare overall as the other three but it is just about as rare in full mint state. Choice or gem quality coins are very rare.