5 US dollars coins

5 US dollars coins

Five US dollars are minted from gold from 1795 to the present day. Each of them reflects a certain milestone in the history of America and, of course, is a subject of interest for collectors-numismatists. The gold coins of recent decades are also an excellent way to invest your savings. All 5 Dollars US gold coins in our catalog.

Types of 5 US dollar coins

5 US dollar gold coin , 1795-1807

Five US dollars 1795-1807-min

5 US dollar gold coin, 1807-1834

5 US dollar gold coin, 1834-1838

5 US dollar1834-1838-min

5 US dollar gold coin,1838-1866

5 US dollar1838-1866-min

5 US dollar gold coin,1866-1908


5 Dollars 1889 US gold coin in our catalog.

5 US dollar gold coin, 1908-1916, 1929


5 US dollar gold coin American Golden Eagle series, 1986-2018

American Golden Eagle

5 Dollars 2015 US gold coin in our catalog.

5 US dollar gold coin Statue of Liberty, 1986

Statue of Liberty

Commemorative 5 US dollars gold coin dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the US Constitution, 1997

anniversary of the US Constitution

5 US dollar gold coin American Buffalo, 2008-2018

American Buffalo

Commemorative 5 US dollar gold coin dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the US anthem, 2012.

anniversary of the US anthem

5 US dollar gold coin from 5 stars series with General Douglas MacArthur, 2013

Douglas MacArthur

Commemorative 5 US dollar coin from pink gold dedicated to the Breast Cancer Awareness Day, 2018.

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

5 US dollar coin with the image of the President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

All 1797-2017 Republic 5 Dollars US gold coins in our catalog.

What these coins were created for and the number of emissions

The five-dollar gold coins were minted to get a half of a ten-dollar coins nominal value, which at that time was a necessary and convenient legal tender.

Years of minting of different types of coins

Total circulation (pcs.)









1908-1916, 1929


Today, five-dollar coins are minted according to demand on the market, as they are collectible or bullion for the most part:

  • coins of 5 dollars of the American Gold Eagle series of 1986-2018 – 49,000-726,031 copies per year
  • coins of 5 dollars of the American Buffalo of 2008-2018 – in the first year of issue 17,429 copies;
  • coins of 5 dollars dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the US anthem of 2012 – 100,000 pieces.


The coins of all types, except for the last one (on the obverse image of the Indian), have a different design. However, the obverse is the same for every coin. There is a profile of a woman symbolizing freedom, and the image of a bald eagle, the symbol of America. The number of stars is also symbolic. It shows the number of states that joined the USA in some particular period.



The design of the coins was developed by different artists-engravers, who worked on them during different time periods, which explains their diverse style:

  • 1795-1807 – Robert Scott;
  • 1807-1834 – Robert Scott, John Reich, William Kniss;
  • 1834-1838 – William Kniss;
  • 1838-1908 – Christian Gobrecht;
  • 1908-1916, 1929 – Bela Lyon Pratt.

The famous series American Golden Eagle, which contains a five-dollar denomination. Two different people were creating it at a different time. In 1905, the American architect August Saint-Gaudens received the assignment to create a new design for the coins with a face value of 20 dollars, and in 1907 these coins with the image of a woman symbolizing freedom were issued. In 1986, they decided to create a series of coins with eagles and Liberty. The obverse of Saint-Gaudens was taken as a basis, and the famous sculptor Miley Buzik was to develop a reverse. It depicted not just one eagle, but the whole family, symbolically pointing to the unity of America. All US gold coins in our catalog.

On the American Buffalo coins, the famous student of Saint-Gaudens, the architect James Earl Fraser, portrayed the image of an Indian based on the real leaders of the Indian tribes. A buffalo on the reverse of the coin reminds us that there were times when they lived in the Central Park of New York. One of them was called the Black Diamond, and it was he who became the prototype of the buffalo on the coin.

The remaining commemorative coins were minted in the memory of certain historical personalities or events and were issued in small circulations.

Which mint issued

The five-dollar gold coins from the period of 1795-1928 were minted by several mints located in different cities of the country. And all of them were subordinated to the Bureau of the Mint of the USA until 1984:

Years of minting of different types of coins

Mint (city)






Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahloneghi.


Philadelphia, Charlotte, Dahloneghi, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco.

1908-1916, 1929

Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, New Orleans.

Today, collectible and commemorative coins of this denomination are mostly minted at the mint in West Point.

The cost of these coins on the market

If you are going to to buy $ 5 with the year of minting before 1933, you should consider not only the cost of 1 troy ounce of pure gold on the world exchanges for the purchase / sale of precious metals, but also the purity of the coin’s alloy, as well as its current condition.

  • VERY FINE – 2,305 $;
  • EXTREMELY FINE – 2,919 $;
  • UNCIRCULATED – 13,749-25 ,563 $.

cost of these coins

Also, the price of a coin also depends on its rareness. Examples of the value of a five-dollar American gold coin issued in certain years:

  • 1808 – 1,600 $;
  • 1838 – 5,875 $;
  • 1908 – 750-1,000 $;
  • 1909 – 6,500-9,500 $;
  • 1929 – 460-25,000 $;

The cost of the modern coins is also much higher than their face value:

  • 5 dollars of the American Golden Eagle series – 165-127,90 $;
  • 5 dollars of the American Buffalo series – 368-517 $;
  • 5 dollars to the 200th anniversary of the US Constitution, 1997– 310-360 $.

Interesting facts

  • In 1908, the type of minting of five-dollar coins was changed. Earlier, the images on them were convex, after the changes they became embossed. Such images have not been erased for a long time, prolonging the period of their circulation, but they have accumulated much dirt and dust, depriving a coin of aesthetic appeal.
  • Most of five-dollar gold coins emission of 1929, which was 650,000 pieces, was melted during the Great Depression. That is why they are considered the rarest and automatically the most expensive coins of that period.
  • Francis Scott Key wrote “Star spangled banner” after witnessing the bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor by the British navy during the 1812 war. His poem became the national anthem of the United States in 1913.
  • Every eighth woman has developing breast cancer, and this is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, said the US Congressman Maloney at the presentation of a coin dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. The only way to kill this deadly disease is the researches for the cure. This pink-gold coin is a worthy tribute to my dear friend Evelyn Lauder, who founded the BCRF and made pink ribbons a universal symbol of the fight against breast cancer. With the sale of these coins, we can collect millions of dollars to continue research that will ultimately win in the fight against breast cancer.
  • For the first time the fractional denominations of the gold fifty-dollar coin American Buffalo were issued as gift sets with a minimum circulation of several thousand in 2008, and a little later they became available on a single-sale basis.
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