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: $289.34 (11/27/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/11/2014

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1844 C $5 MS
Base $ 1075 1275 1600 2150 3550 3550 5900 6850 8050 11750 16750 18500 23000 41000 - - - - - - -
$ 4000 6350 7350 8800 13750 18000 21000 25500 - - - - - -
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Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

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1/12/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8986 $6,900.00
6/8/2008 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2539, 2539/Lot# 2820 $4,592.00
2/1/2009 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1463 $10,925.00
5/4/2009 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 369, 375/Lot# 963 $13,800.00
2/15/2010 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 3747 $6,555.00
3/8/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4047 $4,600.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4581 $5,287.50
11/1/2013 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4630 $2,232.50
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116879 $1,668.70
12/5/2013 PCGS Genuine F   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 5009 $940.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 C $5 MS
1844 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 9702
Owner: Summer97
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