Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 64,472
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $289.31 (12/26/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1848 C $5 MS obverse 1848 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While this date is among the more readily available Charlotte Mint half eagles, very few have survived in high grade. The mintage for this issue totaled 64,472 coins, the fifth highest production of any issue in the history of the Charlotte Mint. Only the 1847, 1849, 1852, and 1853 Charlotte half eagles had higher mintages. Although Doug Winter suggested a total survival of approximately 150 coins, he recorded just three or four Mint State examples in the second edition of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins. Since that time, the unrecorded Bass Collection coin, a Mint State survivor, appeared on the market. Another 16 to 18 AU coins were also mentioned, after which all remaining survivors show moderate to extensive wear or damage, or both.

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1848 C $5 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 975 1150 1450 1900 2450 2450 3500 4300 6700 10000 15250 19000 28500 41000 72000 135000 - - - - -
$ 2700 3750 4750 7500 11250 16750 21000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 178
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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1/12/2015 VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7073
1/12/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1216/Lot# 7074


Auction Prices Realized

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6/9/2003 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1736, 1736/Lot# 1474 $1,100.00
10/24/2006 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 2753 $4,600.00
11/29/2007 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 61638 $14,375.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 4426 $71,875.00
1/6/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2184 $57,500.00
11/3/2010 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 5088 $2,990.00
1/6/2011 NGC Details VF Details  David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5076 $920.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116670 $2,754.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1848 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11631240148316681977257931473601458650935726608968207704868610329158972195930876441644565947192
1188132115441771217727683298392947555304584763327114803192331218517917249313530544662461700
000000329839294755530458476332711480319233121851791724931353054466200
000000344942574924551559686576740983589781140411993827903397344516000
1848 C $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12331314156617592080270432913761477753005951632470777984899210677163752256631657451804670148259
1260139816301866228828993447409949515517607565757379832095531257618438255963616445687472200
000000344740994951551760756575737983209553125761843825596361644568700
0000003604443851255734619968267681865610115144752050228626406724619400
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