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: $310.31 (10/18/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1839 D $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 62


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
6/25/2007 NCS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2386, 2386/Lot# 1975 $1,176.00
1/30/2011 NGC AU 58   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 2125 $13,800.00
10/17/2012 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 5484 $3,639.75
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7113 $4,112.50
2/24/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 740, 749/Lot# 1315 $4,300.00
4/24/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1184/Lot# 5753 $8,225.00
7/27/2013 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 5163 $2,585.00
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171543 $3,135.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992486264829133363409546175519587967207112793085419740127791788326940400343333
202825402736306336074269491856396159685173858134894110753144802090231305400343330
000000491856396159685173858134894110753144802090231305400343300
000000521857596440698176578337934011766161822392135669400343300
1839 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17072368252527813216409544315306565664737198765182479415123821788326248391053333
192724202610292635094207472354235928671573497850863610404142162067130534391053330
000000472354235928671573497850863610404142162067130534391053300
000000501455396201695675008048902611393160492346034819391053300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 8247
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
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