1864-S Coronet $5 Half Eagle

The Coronet $5 half eagle was introduced in 1839 and continued to 1908. In 1866, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse. During its lengthy run, there are many rare dates to aspire for with amazing records of price performance.

The 1864-S is one such coin. All the half eagles coming from the San Francisco Mint during the 1860’s are extremely elusive, but the 1864-S has the lowest mintage of all from the decade with just 3,888 pieces.(1)

Of that small mintage, only 32 examples are thought extant today.(2)

Looking at the 1950-1990 period, prices for the 1864 Coronet half eagle rose steadily, reflecting its true rarity and demand from collectors.

Incredibly, the 1864-S was temporarily underrated from 1990-2010, as value trends were flat. Then, suddenly, prices exploded and have been on the rise ever since.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 32
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 8.8
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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1. Yeoman, R.S. and Garrett, Jeff, et al.  A Guide Book of United States Coins, 75th ed. Pelham, AL: Whitman Publishing, 2021.

2. PCGS.  1864-S $5 (Regular Strike).

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