Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 17,179
Catalog: KM-57
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $319.59 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 C $5 MS obverse 1838 C $5 MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This date has the lowest mintage of the Classic Head type. In terms of rarity, the 1838-C issue is slightly rarer than the 1838-D, but not quite as rare as the 1834, Crosslet 4. The 1838-C half eagle circulated widely, so it is difficult to find examples above Extremely Fine. Consequently, Mint State examples are extremely rare, with only four examples certified by the NGC to date. The finest example seen is an MS-63 that sold in 1999 for $86,250 at auction, setting the price record for the date. The Smithsonian has four examples, none finer than AU-58. All 1838-C half eagles were struck from the same reverse, which often features a diagonal die crack running from rim to rim.

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1838 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/6/1999 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 1171, 1171/Lot# 1687 $1,899.00
2/24/2003 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 2017 $9,487.50
12/12/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1311 $28,750.00
1/9/2008 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 3162 $25,300.00
7/30/2008 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2982 $6,325.00
6/17/2010 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 3628 $9,200.00
1/31/2011 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 554, 561/Lot# 538 $6,038.65
4/27/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1154/Lot# 6461 $2,070.00
12/13/2012 NGC XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20086/Lot# 1132 $6,435.00
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116860 $1,301.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 C $5 MS
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1838 C $5 MS Prooflike
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 7756
Owner: Labelman87
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 7386
Owner: BillJones
 
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