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: $156.86 (9/22/2017)
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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1843 C SMALL DATE $2.5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
8/7/1998 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Signature Sale #190, 190/Lot# 7522 $20,700.00
1/8/2003 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 4664 $23,000.00
2/4/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 2453 $8,625.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3331 $19,550.00
9/11/2011 NGC G 4   Teletrade Auction 3135, 3135/Lot# 2325 $675.00
9/13/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 5851 $4,312.50
7/13/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205192 $3,850.00


NGC Registry

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