Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head $5 (1834-1838)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 17,179
Obverse Designer: William Kneass
Reverse Designer: William Kneass
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.8990
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2416oz
Melt Value: $367.76 (9/23/2019)
Diameter: 22.5mm
Edge: Reeded
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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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Last Updated: 4/16/2019

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1838 C $5 MS
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Base $ - 2350 3750 4750 11950 15100 18200 24000 32500 68500 90000 90000 270000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1838 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1--22153487128211--------111
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Total-1--22153487128211--------111
 -1 %--20 %14 %31 %7 %6 %11 %7 %2 %1 %1 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2008 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2549, 2549/Lot# 1090 $20,160.00
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
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1480 $6,900.00
3/8/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1168/Lot# 4042 $2,760.00
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
11/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5144 $1,645.00
9/9/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14054 $7,637.50
1/4/2017 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5901 $27,025.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 $5 MS C Prooflike
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1838 $5 MS C
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Base246425252671308038175104556360486473748782479197982111294132811911527340397570000
2484257428073326424652575725619068117740856494051031211956152262185731479397570000
0000005725619068117740856494051031211956152262185731479397570000
0000005886633171497994888096131080312619171702459835618397570000
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 9197
Owner: Labelman87
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 8247
Owner: BillJones
 
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