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Mysteriously Rare Mint Type Set

In the late 19th century, the American $5 Half Eagle became one of the world’s most in-demand gold coins. Merchants, banks, and traders preferred coins weighing approximately 1/4 oz. for everyday trade. It’s no surprise that the economic superpowers of the time all made a coin in this general size (such as the British Sovereign and French/Swiss 20 Franc). As the United States became a larger force on the international stage, its $5 Liberty gold coin gained in acceptance

This surge in popularity largely took place in the 1880's and 1890's. As one might expect, some of the most available dates in the entire $5 Liberty series were struck during this time. Dates like the 1881, 1882, 1886-S, and 1899 are the most commonly encountered. However, if one looks just before 1880, $5 Liberty mintages are drastically lower.
Simply put, there’s a massive difference between pre-1880 and post-1880 $5 Liberties. Coins struck before 1880 have substantially lower mintages and survival rates. While we struggle to provide a reason, something dramatic happened when the 1880's began. The Philadelphia and San Francisco mints cranked up production to many multiples of their pre-1880 levels.
To illustrate this phenomenon, consider the huge difference between 1879 and 1881 Half Eagles:

  Mintage Total NGC Population
1879-P 301,920 781
1879-S 426,200 781
1881-P 5,708,760 18,563
1881-S 969,000 2,071
 To clarify, the NGC population figures represent the total quantity certified in all grades! The 1879 Philadelphia and San Francisco Half Eagles are undoubtedly rare, yet they’re just two years removed from the readily available 1881-P issue.
Perhaps just as surprising: 1879-P and 1879-S Half Eagles trade for a modest premium over their generic counterparts. They’re 20x rarer than the most common date but, when they appear on the market, command just a 20-30% premium. Much like why Half Eagle production spiked in 1880, we can’t explain this anomaly. What we do know for sure: this pricing means opportunity for you!
We acquired a cache of 1879 and 1879-S Half Eagles graded PCGS AU58. These coins look like they were plucked from circulation 140 years ago; they show just slight traces of circulation with design details fully intact. In total we have 60 coins of each date, which we’re excited to offer as matched two-coin sets.
Today's Offer
Like all of our numismatic coin selections, you’ll find this set of two $5 Liberty Half Eagles graded and slabbed, ready to be added to your collection at a great value to you. We have a limited number available today, so act quickly.
  • 1 x 1879 Philadelphia $5 Liberty Half Eagle in AU58
  • 1 x 1879-S San Francisco $5 Liberty Half Eagle in AU58
  • Just $1,349 per set.
  • Buy 3 or more sets for just $1,299 each!
Please call us today at 800-831-0007 or email us to purchase your 1879 $5 Liberty Half Eagles.

Quantities are limited, so don't delay!
*Prices subject to change based on market fluctuation and product availability. Prices reflected are for cash, check, or bank wire. Free shipping, handling, and insurance is included. Offer expires Friday, October 7, 2022 or while supplies last.