How Much is a Liberty Five Dollar Gold Coin Worth? (Price Chart)

The Liberty $5 gold coins (Coronet head gold $5 half eagle) had a considerable face value when it was minted. Nowadays, collectors appreciate it because of both its historical significance and gold content price. Unfortunately, most pieces are in poor condition, so it is crucial to check the one you want to buy carefully.

 

Liberty Five Dollar Gold Coin

The Liberty five dollar gold coin value depends on various factors, including:

  • Coin condition
  • Coin type
  • Mintmark
  • Date
  • Demand level
  • Dealer

 

Type 1

Type 1

Engraver Christian Gobrecht designed the Liberty five-dollar type 1 made of 90% gold and 10% copper that weighs 0.27 troy ounces (8.36 g). Early coins without motto were minted from 1839 to 1866.

You can recognize gold coins produced in seven different state mints, which is a unique case in US history:

  • Philadelphia without a mint mark
  • San Francisco, with an S mint mark
  • Denver, with a D mint mark (after 1905)
  • New Orleans, with an O mint mark
  • Carson City, with a CC mint mark
  • Dahlonega, with a D mint mark (until 1861)
  • Charlotte, with a C mint mark

The Philadelphia mint started producing proof coins in 1858, and they are worth tens of thousands of dollars in the current coin market.

Liberty five-dollar gold coins

Year Mintage Very fine Extra fine About uncirculated MS 63
1839 118,143 $802 $851 $1,406 $26,140
1839 C 17,205 $2,672 $3,988 $6,732 $63,020
1839 D 18,939 $3,260 $4,606 $7,846 /
1840 137,382 $802 $882 $1,406 $11,024
1840 C 18,992 $2,672 $3,988 $7,159 $63,021
1840 D 22,896 $2,672 $3,988 $7,166 $48,590
1840 O 40,120 $851 $1,212 $1,977 $35,227
1841 15,833 $802 $975 $1,564 $11,024
1841 C 21,467 $2,218 $2,954 $3,988 $41,859
1841 D 30,495 $2,431 $3,260 $4,606 $30,841
1842 small letters 27,578 $802 $1,316 $3,442 $24,309
1842 large letters $1,006 $1,977 $4,853 $27,723
1842 C small date 28,184 $8,512 $18,085 $29,255 $179,373
1842 C large date $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $38,320
1842 D small date 59,608 $2,431 $3,260 $4,365 $33,351
1842 D large date $3,442 $6,285 $13,010 /
1842 O 16,400 $1,564 $3,442 $9,644 $48,590
1843 611,205 $802 $826 $851 $11,024
1843 C 44,277 $2,431 $2,954 $4,853 $33,351
1843 D 98,452 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $26,140
1843 O small letters 19,075 $1,156 $2,018 $2,954 $41,859
1843 O large letters 82,000 $913 $1,564 $2,431 $27,723
1844 340,330 $802 $826 $851 $8,512
1844 C 23,631 $2,596 $3,442 $5,211 $33,352
1844 D 88,982 $2,431 $3,260 $4,365 $30,842
1844 O 364,600 $826 $851 $1,185 $14,960
1845 417,099 $802 $826 $851 $10,073
1845 D 90,629 $2,431 $3,162 $3,988 $26,924
1845 O 41,000 $1,036 $1,316 $2,954 $33,352
1846 small date 395,942 $802 $826 $975 $14,960
1846 large date $802 $826 $851 $13,775
1846 C 12,995 $2,431 $3,260 $5,298 $63,023
1846 D 80,294 $2,596 $3,260 $4,365 $38,321
1846 O 58,000 $944 $1,316 $3,346 $27,723
1847 915,981 $802 $826 $851 $6,733
1847 C 84,151 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $30,842
1847 D 64,405 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $19,681
1847 O 12,000 $2,954 $5,908 $9,121 $66,930
1848 260,775 $802 $826 $851 $10,425
1848 C 64,472 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $46,577
1848 D 47,465 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $33,352
1849 133,070 $802 $826 $975 $13,775
1849 C 64,823 $2,431 $2,954 $3,830 $28,171
1849 D 39,036 $2,431 $2,954 $3,830 $38,076
1850 64,491 $802 $826 $1,316 $16,845
1850 C 63,591 $2,292 $2,727 $3,830 $20,597
1850 D 43,984 $2,431 $3,260 $3,988 59,253
1851 377,505 $802 $826 $851 $10,074
1851 C 49,176 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $41,861
1851 D 62,710 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $27,724
1851 O 41,000 $1,097 $1,764 $3,830 $24,246
1852 573,901 $802 $826 $851 $7,160
1852 C 72,574 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $22,098
1852 D 91,584 $2,431 $3,100 $4,282 $26,925
1853 305,770 $802 $826 $851 $8,591
1853 C 65,571 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $26,142
1853 D 89,678 $2,431 $3,100 $4,282 $19,682
1854 160,675 $802 $826 $851 $9,121
1854 C 39,283 $2,431 $2,954 $4,365 $39,420
1854 D 56,413 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $27,725
1854 O 46,000 $913 $1,097 $1,881 $24,311
1855 117,098 $802 $826 $851 $8,513
1855 C 39,788 $2,672 $3,100 $4,365 $44,672
1855 D 22,432 $2,431 $3,100 $4,096 $41,862
1855 O 11,100 $1,316 $2,431 $4,607 $48,594
1855 S 61,000 $851 $1,633 $2,954 /
1856 197,990 $802 $826 $851 $9,122
1856 C 28,457 $2,431 $2,954 $4,365 $41,862
1856 D 19,786 $2,431 $2,954 $4,365 $35,230
1856 O 10,000 $1,316 $2,218 $4,854 $38,323
1856 S 105,100 $802 $975 $1,564 $27,725
1857 98,188 $802 $826 $851 $8,513
1857 C 31,360 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $30,844
1857 D 17,046 $2,431 $3,100 $4,365 $38,323
1857 O 13,000 $1,316 $2,055 $4,365 $46,579
1857 S 87,000 $851 $1,097 $1,881 $23,605
1858 15,136 $802 $826 $1,036 $11,025
1858 C 38,856 $2,431 $2,954 $4,365 $34,172
1858 D 15,362 $2,431 $2,954 $4,365 $35,230
1858 S 18,600 $1,316 $3,100 $6,555 $59,255
1859 16,814 $802 $826 $1,067 $13,776
1859 C 31,847 $2,431 $2,954 $3,988 $38,324
1859 D 10,366 $2,431 $3,260 $4,365 $35,230
1859 S 13,220 $1,881 $3,831 $5,298 $55,913
1860 19,825 $802 $826 $1,291 $14,962
1860 C 14,813 $2,431 $3,260 $4,607 $27,726
1860 D 14,635 $2,672 $3,988 $5,212 $46,580
1860 S 21,200 $1,406 $2,596 $5,298 $52,619
1861 688,150 $802 $826 $851 $8,513
1861 C 6,879 $4,607 $7,160 $11,025 $94,416
1861 D 1,597 $19,682 $24,312 $38,324 $205,092
1861 S 18,000 $1,406 $3,988 $6,733 /
1862 4,465 $1,156 $2,018 $3,260 /
1862 S 9,500 $2,954 $5,212 $13,776 /
1863 2,472 $1,881 $3,988 $7,847 /
1863 S 17,000 $1,881 $4,365 $10,426 /
1864 4,220 $1,316 $2,088 $3,260 /
1864 S 3,888 $6,733 $13,451 $33,355 /
1865 1,295 $1,881 $3,988 $10,074 /
1865 S 27,612 $1,881 $2,954 $9,645 /
1866 S 9,000 $2,055 $3,988 $11,025 /

 

 

Type 2

Type 2

Minting the Liberty five-dollar gold coins type 2 with motto started in 1866 and finished in 1908. They belong to the early matron gold coins with 0.85 inches (21.6 mm) in diameter that contain 90% precious metal.

Liberty five-dollar gold coins

Year Mintage Very fine Extra fine About uncirculated MS 63
1866 6,730 $$1,037 $1,633 $3,260 $48,596
1866 S 34,920 $1,240 $2,954 $7,847 /
1867 6,920 $851 $1,564 $3,442 /
1867 S 29,000 $1,406 $2,954 $6,286 /
1868 5,725 $851 $1,564 $3,260 /
1868 S 52,000 $$779 $1,564 $3,260 /
1869 1,785 $1,097 $2,142 $3,988 $30,182
1869 S 31,000 $826 $1,881 $3,442 /
1870 4,035 $975 $1,881 $3,260 /
1870 CC 7,675 $19,683 $30,846 $41,865 /
1870 S 17,000 $1,156 $2,218 $6,734 /
1871 3,230 $1,037 $1,564 $2,954 /
1871 CC 20,770 $3,442 $7,160 $13,777 $82,672
1871 S 25,000 $779 $1,266 $2,954 /
1872 1,690 $1,006 $1,700 $2,954 $20,239
1872 CC 16,980 $3,442 $7,717 $14,963 /
1872 S 36,400 $826 $1,097 $2,954 /
1873 closed 3 112,480 $705 $707 $803 $5,778
1873 open 3 112,505 $705 $707 $826 $4,366
1873 CC 7,416 $5,212 $13,012 $24,313 /
1873 S 31,000 $851 $1,406 $2,954 /
1874 3,508 $803 $1,316 $2,672 $24,314
1874 CC 21,198 $2,432 $3,442 $11,026 /
1874 S 16,000 $1,097 $1,881 $3,988 /
1875 220 $70,901 $94,422 $127,847 /
1875 CC 11,828 $2,954 $5,212 $13,012 $127,847
1875 S 9,000 $1,067 $2,432 $4,366 /
1876 1,477 $1,266 $2,432 $4,366 $22,101
1876 CC 6,887 $2,954 $5,299 $14,963 /
1876 S 4,000 $1,447 $3,324 $7,161 /
1877 1,152 $1,316 $2,142 $3,831 /
1877 CC 8,680 $2,088 $4,366 $13,012 /
1877 S 26,700 $779 $826 $1,881 $20,600
1878 131,740 $653 $679 $694 $2,088
1878 CC 9,054 $5,212 $11,026 $19,684 /
1878 S 144,700 $653 $679 $755 $4,607
1879 301,950 $653 $679 $694 $2,088
1879 CC 17,281 $1,881 $2,954 $4,366 /
1879 S 426,200 $653 $679 $694 $2,954
1880 3,166,436 $653 $679 $694 $1,316
1880 CC 51,017 $1,316 $1,700 $2,432 $44,677
1880 S 1,348,900 $653 $679 $694 $1,316
1881 5,708,802 $653 $679 $694 $1,097
1881 CC 13,886 $$1,564 $2,673 $7,161 $59,263
1881 S 969,000 $653 $679 $694 $1,156
1882 2,514,568 $653 $679 $694 $1,037
1882 CC 82,817 $1,213 $1,447 $2,088 $38,328
1882 S 969,000 $653 $679 $694 $1,266
1883 233,461 $653 $679 $694 $1,764
1883 CC 12,958 $1,156 $1,825 $3,443 $48,601
1883 S 83,200 $653 $679 $694 $2,673
1884 191,078 $653 $679 $694 $2,089
1884 CC 16,402 $1,156 $1,564 $3,831 $58,085
1884 S 177,000 $653 $679 $694 $1,700

 

All coins minted from 1885 to 1908 still exist in a considerable amount, so their prices are pretty stable. You can quickly find pieces in very fine and about uncirculated conditions for approximately $680 to $1,300.

Pieces in MS 63 condition are usually worth $1,000 to $2,000. Only a few coins produced in Carson City and New Orleans that are still in the mint stage will cost you significantly more, including:

  • 1890 CC Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($7,848)
  • 1892 CC Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($9,084)
  • 1893 CC Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($8,515)
  • 1894 CC Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($7,161)
  • 1896 CC Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($6,287)
  • 1892 O Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($13,778)
  • 1894 O Liberty five-dollar gold coins ($9,123)

 

Key Date Liberty Five Dollar Gold Coins

There are also a few rare and unique Liberty five-dollar gold coins that cost more than regular pieces:

  • 1846 D (high D over D)
  • 1847 (top of extra 7 at the border)
  • 1881 (1 over 0)
  • 1887 (proof only)
  • 1901 S (final 1 over 0)

The most expensive is probably the 1854 S Liberty five-dollar gold coin that was paid a fantastic $4,454,539.

 

Summary

If you are a new collector, you should know that the Liberty five-dollar gold coins are costly. However, you can expect its value will only go higher over time. You should also be prepared that some dates don’t exist in the mint state anymore, and some rare coins are mainly unavailable.

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