$5.00 - 1871 PCGS MS61

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$5.00 - 1871 PCGS MS61

15,500.00

Date       1871
Grade       PCGS MS61
PCGS Price Guide       18500
Population (PCGS)       4/0
Population (NGC)       3/0
Serial Number       8322.61/83907048
PCGS Lookup Number       8322

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EXTREMELY RARE UNCIRCULATED 1871 HALF EAGLE

The 1871 half eagle has a tiny mintage of just 3,200 business strikes. Well under 100 are known and the vast majority are in the EF40 to AU53 range. There are just three Uncirculated 1871 half eagles, all of which grade MS61.

This exceptional coin is significant for a variety of reasons. The first is that it shows natural color and it hasn’t been scrubbed as have so many examples of this date. Secondly, its semi-prooflike surfaces aren’t decimated by deep abrasions as are most 1871 half eagles. Finally, unlike many gold coins graded MS61, this piece has real eye appeal and lacks visible wear on the high spots.

The two most recent auction records for this date in PCGS MS61 (one in 2016 and one in 2013) are for the same coin and both records were the same at $15,275. Another PCGS MS61 is in a prominent New Jersey collection of half eagles and it was purchased from me by private treaty a few years ago.

Coins of this sort were largely ignored up until five or so years ago but the demand for truly rare high grade Philadelphia and San Francisco half eagles (not to mention quarter eagles and eagles) from the Reconstruction Era has increased immeasurably.