Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 18,939
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $345.13 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1839 D $5 MS obverse 1839 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1839-D half eagle is another very popular issue from the Dahlonega Mint. The mintmark is found on the obverse, making the 1839 type different from the later issues of the Liberty Head half eagle. When found, the average 1839-D half eagle usually grades Very Fine or Extremely Fine. The issue is quite rare in About Uncirculated condition. Less than a dozen coins are known at the Uncirculated level, and none of them are choice. The finest examples seen by the authors include the Duke’s Creek specimen, the Harry W. Cass Jr. coin, and an attractive Mint State coin in the Smithsonian Collection. In comparison to the later issues from the Dahlonega Mint, most of the 1839-D half eagles are well struck.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1839 D $5 MS
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Base $ 1700 1900 2350 2800 6950 10300 11200 16900 25500 26500 30000 42500 - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62

The chart showing G series, 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: 7/16/2019 1839 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11316122212131516123--------117
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Total-11316122212141616123--------119
 -1 %1 %3 %13 %10 %18 %10 %12 %13 %13 %1 %2 %3 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/6/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 1815 $12,650.00
7/15/2007 NCS   Teletrade Auction 2394, 2394/Lot# 2634 $4,928.00
1/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1487 $2,415.00
2/7/2013 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 8508 $887.13
2/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 740, 749/Lot# 1315 $4,300.00
9/25/2013 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 27 & 30, & October 1 World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 3026/Lot# 26632 $211.50
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171543 $3,135.00
11/6/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1211/Lot# 5146 $2,350.00
3/27/2015 NCS   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7376 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992486264829133363409546175519587967207112793085419740127791788326940400343333
202825402736306336074269491856396159685173858134894110753144802090231305400343330
000000491856396159685173858134894110753144802090231305400343300
000000521857596440698176578337934011766161822392135669400343300
1839 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21612268240126712910431244315222540763857357759779609046123820000000
219723122491275133774352469552845733670974377718832210158123820000000
000000469552845733670974377718832210158123820000000
000000495853456059703375177839868411270123820000000
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 7960
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 6385
Owner: Longstreet Collection
 
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