Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 17,205
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.72 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 C $5 MS obverse 1839 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Like the 1839 half eagle, the Charlotte-issue half eagle was produced with a slightly different design from the later years of the type. It is also very popular because of the obverse mintmark location. Most of the 1839-C half eagles seen are circulated. There are probably about 30 to 40 coins known at the About Uncirculated level. In Mint State the 1839-C half eagle is rare, but examples do turn up at auction on occasion. Most examples of the issue are well struck in general; however, an irregular striking can sometimes be found on the obverse. The authors have seen coins with striking depressions on the head of Liberty. The finest example of the date has been graded MS-64, one of which sold for $172,500 in September, 2008. The coin is deeply prooflike, and it has been speculated that the piece may be a presentation striking.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/27/2019

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1839 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1750 2000 2300 4150 6850 9000 12000 16500 18500 22500 31000 42500 55000 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 88
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1839 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---371116822062652-------88
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Total---371116822072652-------89
 ---3 %8 %12 %18 %9 %2 %22 %8 %2 %7 %6 %2 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/5/1997 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 0995, 995/Lot# 2006 $712.13
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1259 $172,500.00
1/6/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 3940 $8,337.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7491 $1,782.50
2/3/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1202/Lot# 4652 $2,820.00
5/25/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 192867 $2,339.70
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 756 $8,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24512614278329103103398446435015547659736616770484941009311906149312139333333
25052670282529743397420447675169564261876979796790271069712914170852139333330
00000047675169564261876979796790271069712914170852139333300
00000048915322580764027341823195601130213923192392139333300
1839 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2335249526712807296038004458481752645747632475028200975611529144852083200000
23882554271628583240401945784966542559396717773587191034712514166012083200000
00000045784966542559396717773587191034712514166012083200000
00000046975115558661327109796792371093813500187162083200000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 11529
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 9756
Owner: Srotag
 
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