Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $2.50 (1840-1907)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 2,988
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 4.1800g
AGW: 0.1209oz
Melt Value: $177.84 (11/22/2019)
Diameter: 18mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS obverse 1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Based on die shipments, it has been estimated that the mintage for the Small Date, Crosslet 4 is 2,988 pieces. There is no certainty of that, and the mintage can only be an educated guess. The 1843-C, Small Date is clearly the rarer of the two for the year and is indeed the rarest Charlotte Mint quarter eagle. The 1843-C Small Date Liberty Head quarter eagle is unique, with a characteristic die bulge that makes it instantly recognizable. All known examples are also seen with a die break running from the tip of the bust to the rim. Most coins of this variety are also seen with a sharp wire rim on the obverse. The 1843-C, Small Date is rare in any grade, and only six or seven coins would qualify as Mint State. The finest graded by NGC has been a single example that sold at auction in January 2003 for $23,000.

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Last Updated: 8/20/2019

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1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 925 1400 2200 4650 7000 7500 8500 10000 13500 23000 26000 35000 - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing 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: 11/19/2019 1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1-335481015231--------55
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Total--1-335481015231--------55
 --2 %-5 %5 %9 %7 %15 %18 %27 %4 %5 %2 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/22/1997 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #169, 169/Lot# 6324 $10,637.50
9/6/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3331 $19,550.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9190 $9,200.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9192 $2,587.50
9/11/2011 NGC G 4   Teletrade Auction 3135, 3135/Lot# 2325 $675.00
7/13/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205192 $3,850.00
2/22/2018 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1272/Lot# 4124 $5,890.80
2/22/2018 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1272/Lot# 5663 $1,740.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15891697194124862885423945604823533357546644803884949160108670000000
16251778212326193336434646484993547360517109819087169729108670000000
00000046484993547360517109819087169729108670000000
000000473551635614634775738342893810298108670000000
1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15581634184322682847401643964744499255156248780880588727105150000000
15831704198524613237414345124827516657596768789182819323105150000000
00000045124827516657596768789182819323105150000000
00000046284909534160047288797585049919105150000000
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 7808
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 4992
Owner: CharlotteDude
 
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