Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 23,631
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $279.93 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1844 C $5 MS obverse 1844 C $5 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

For the first seven years of its existence, the Charlotte Mint played second fiddle to the private Bechtler Mint in North Carolina. The situation changed markedly, however, in 1844. Under the new direction of Christopher Bechtler, Jr., the private gold coins of the Tarheel State became suspect in the eyes of the local population. Of dubious weight and fineness, the once widely popular Bechtler pieces disappeared from circulation almost overnight. Into this coinage vacuum, for the first time since its opening in 1838, stepped the Charlotte Mint. Until the outbreak of the Civil War, this branch mint's products would serve as the principle medium of exchange in North Carolina and the surrounding areas. The new found fame of the Charlotte Mint had a negative effect on its 1844 half eagle issue. The demise of the Bechtler pieces meant that this issue was sorely needed in the avenues of commerce. The lack of half eagle production at Charlotte in 1845 only exacerbated this problem and ensured that the vast majority of the 23,631 1844-Cs entered circulation and remained there. Today, this issue is the third rarest of the entire C-mint half eagle series.

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Last Updated: 3/27/2015

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1844 C $5 MS
Base $ 1075 1275 1600 2150 3550 5750 6850 7800 11750 18700 24000 42000 - - - - - - -
$ 4000 - 7350 8800 13750 - 27500 - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 88
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

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5/30/2005 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 865 $4,255.00
5/4/2009 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 369, 375/Lot# 963 $13,800.00
6/27/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 2878, 2878/Lot# 3225 $1,437.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5111 $17,250.00
11/1/2013 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4628 $1,654.40
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116879 $1,668.70
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6645 $4,700.00
3/21/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(2), 1198/Lot# 10614 $4,705.88
3/27/2015 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7378 $2,957.48

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 C $5 MS
1844 C $5 MS Prooflike
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