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

1899-S $5 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
8399
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
8.24 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,545,000
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$103,500 • NGC MS69 • 1-6-2010 • 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 2,500 R-4.5 73 / 106 TIE 185 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 650 R-5.7 66 / 106 167 / 218
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 32 / 106 TIE 48 / 218 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint, 12/1899, at face value - John M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:599 - Atherton Family Collection - Heritage 1/2010:2191, $103,500

2 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 MS68 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint, 12/1899, at face value - John M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:599 - Atherton Family Collection - Heritage 1/2010:2191, $103,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

David Akers (1975/88): The 1899-S is similar in rarity to the 1898-S. It is not particularly scarce as a date but it is not common either, at least not in choice uncirculated condition.