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: $323.74 (9/25/2016)
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: 107
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 62


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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
1/31/2011 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 554, 561/Lot# 538 $6,038.65
10/17/2012 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5483 $3,795.00
12/13/2012 NGC XF 45   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20086/Lot# 1132 $6,435.00
11/1/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1191/Lot# 4623 $1,703.75
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116860 $1,301.30
2/27/2014 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(4), 1203/Lot# 5267 $4,406.25
1/6/2016 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(6), 1231/Lot# 6458 $2,232.50
7/7/2016 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1237/Lot# 4002 $5,170.00


NGC Registry

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