Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 17,205
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $321.17 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/25/2016

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1839 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 84
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/5/1997 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 0995, 995/Lot# 2006 $712.13
1/9/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 4178 $11,500.00
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1259 $172,500.00
11/29/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4927 $4,112.50
1/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5442 $23,500.00
3/28/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 6222 $7,637.50
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 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2268249526712671296038174431481752645747632475028200975611529147652081000000
23442554267127673246402245604966542559396717773587191034712608167802081000000
00000045604966542559396717773587191034712608167802081000000
00000046885115558661327109796792371093813686187952081000000
1839 C $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base125513371421160027583726413544905837650373167777831087841083215217213833056644413111
128213651480198630803862425349396059677474697954846894661229317272244443518144413110
000000425349396059677474697954846894661229317272244443518144413100
0000004371538862817045762381328626101491375519327275053979744413100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 9756
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 6717
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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