Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 59,608
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $323.35 (7/10/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS obverse 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The numerals in the date are even in height. This is the more common of the two varieties known.

In 1842, the Dahlonega mint experimented with date and lettering size. This was part of a period of experimentation at every mint that lasted from 1838 to 1843. The reasons for the frequent, subtle changes on gold coins during this era were most probably related to issues of standardization of design and improvements in strike. The 1842-D Small Date is much more available than its Large Date counterpart (the exact opposite is true on the Charlotte half eagles dated 1842 where the 1842-C Small Date is the rarity). There are an estimated 175-200 pieces known with 28-33 in AU and seven to nine in Uncirculated. Unlike the 1841-D, there are no very choice 1842-D Small Date half eagles known.

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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
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Base $ 925 1050 1350 1975 2775 2775 3350 4200 5400 8100 14000 16000 21500 - - - - - - - -
$ 3000 3600 4650 6250 9000 15000 18000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 150
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/5/2006 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1091 $14,375.00
5/17/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 480, 486/Lot# 521 $3,910.00
4/27/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6476 $6,900.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7499 $4,991.00
6/17/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3295, 3295/Lot# 2992 $1,121.25
6/29/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203029 $1,725.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1450155816831969231928073033338634865026570460896209695195881329818795270231111
14861599177820852481288231503419399952525832612964567830108241513021537270231110
00000031503419399952525832612964567830108241513021537270231100
00000032683452451254785960616967038709120611696224280270231100
1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1130514231633218627043146351846625231592863246376692698971371119333277291111
4351344149318172358285132703899485154636060634165597916111681558522131277291110
00000032703899485154636060634165597916111681558522131277291100
00000033944280504156956192635867428906124391745924930277291100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 9588
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6951
Owner: (none)
 
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