Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 18,992
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $480.22 (8/4/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 C $5 MS obverse 1840 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Most of the 1840-C half eagles seen were extensively circulated, with numerous planchet irregularities. This date has a lower survival rate than most of the other issues from the 1839 to 1841 period. An example of the 1840-C half eagle in About Uncirculated must be considered rare. Just a few have been graded at the Mint State level. The finest coin by far is from the collection of John Jay Pittman. The coin is the only choice example known and has been graded by NGC as MS-64. The coin is well struck for the issue and features interesting die breaks on the reverse. The Pittman example last sold at auction in January, 2011 for $57,500. The Smithsonian collection contains a Mint State coin, one of the finest examples known of the date. All of the 1840-C half eagles are of the broad-mill variety.

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Last Updated: 8/27/2019

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1840 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/4/2020 1840 C $5 MS
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Base---11612121071210131-2------87
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Total---11612121071211133-3------91
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 C $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base169718721985230826803363394843504560475656846938770489491025511566189822640537460333
175519102093243229083558408244204625506561027193811993841069214038214563009037460330
000000408244204625506561027193811993841069214038214563009037460300
000000421644904691537565207449853498201112916510239313377537460300
1840 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16091776188621972555321637834172437545655466668574318644991811197184482572336576333
166518131990231627753405391342404438486558726934783590691034413614208732934136576330
000000391342404438486558726934783590691034413614208732934136576300
000000404243074502516662797182824094931077116031232983295836576300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 8644
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4565
Owner: leeper
 
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