Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 6,729
Catalog: KM-72
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $156.31 (7/24/2014)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 C $2.5 MS obverse 1842 C $2.5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Writing in 1998 in Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint 1838-1861, Douglas Winter said of this issue, 'The 1842-C is one of the rarest Charlotte quarter eagles. It is also one of the rarest coins of any denomination ever struck at this mint. It remains very underrated in spite of its obvious rarity.'

Part of the rarity is due to the tiny original production of only 6,729 coins, the lowest of the entire decade of the 1840s except for the 1846-C at 4,080 pieces.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/1/2013

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1842 C $2.5 MS
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Base $ 800 900 1300 2100 3500 3500 6650 7350 11000 13750 23750 28500 38000 50000 77500 135000 - - - - -
$ 3850 7250 8000 12000 15000 25750 31000 42000 55000 82500 150000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 912 $5,750.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1170 $4,370.00
4/8/2012 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 3254 $1,450.00
5/30/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4144 $1,410.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105707 $2,777.50
3/20/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30238 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C $2.5 MS
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Base9971066113814501799269938004565547659656588695171387597842813928190492652737593389214028441681
10201090124215662099306640554868563961726709701372917874102611563521541302153803539375407490
0000004055486856396172670970137291787410261156352154130215380353937500
0000004310517258026380683070757444815112094173422403433904384783982900
1842 C $2.5 MS Prooflike
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Base135814441534162924452980390045785776638571397570801498501110012178129461355214178148261549516187
138614741565190126233286412649775979663672827718862610266114591243413148137601439415049157250
00000041264977597966367282771886261026611459124341314813760143941504900
00000043525376618268877426786692381068311818126901335013969146101527200
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