Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 31,360
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3590g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $290.93 (11/21/2014)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 C $5 MS obverse 1857 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1857-C is among the more common half eagles from this mint, making it a good date for type purposes. There may be as many as 200-250 pieces known but many grade below AU. Around four dozen are in the various AU grades and there are as many as a 10 to 12 coins in Uncirculated. Interestingly, nearly all of the Uncirculated pieces grade MS60 to MS61, and this date is exceedingly rare in MS63 or better.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/11/2014

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1857 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1000 1150 1450 1975 2450 2450 3450 3850 4800 5600 8500 10000 21500 29000 52500 - - - - - -
$ 2750 3800 4250 5250 6400 9000 11000 - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 164
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
6/10/1998 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 1057, 1057/Lot# 2059 $606.63
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1155 $8,625.00
10/30/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 296, 302/Lot# 6536 $2,070.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 2943 $11,212.50
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9424 $3,737.50
1/29/2012 NGC   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1554 $1,207.50
3/11/2012 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/11/2012, 12/Lot# 38704 $1,881.00
4/24/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5796 $3,055.00
7/28/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 105703 $1,513.11


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 C $5 MS
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000000292933963696392841744505526464258080108261546421518304733812000
000000310535123765402242324720559369288729122731720824084342963812000
1857 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 3834
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2754
Owner: ADH
 
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