Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 22,896
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $361.12 (10/23/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1840 D $5 MS obverse 1840 D $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: As is the case with most of the early-issue Liberty Head half eagles, the 1840-D is most often found in the Very Fine to Extremely Fine grade range. About Uncirculated coins can be found, but they are quite rare. Mint State coins do exist, but there are just a few legitimate Uncirculated coins known. The Smithsonian contains three circulated examples, all in various states of About Uncirculated. Some of the finest known coins are from the Duke’s Creek Collection (MS-62) and the Ed Milas Collection of No Motto half eagles. A single coin has been graded MS-63 and last sold at auction in 2004 for $35,650. All of the 1840-D half eagles the authors have seen were the narrow-mill variety.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/27/2019

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1840 D $5 MS
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/22/2019 1840 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1531014121653641-------80
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Total---1531014121653641-------80
 ---1 %6 %4 %13 %18 %15 %20 %6 %4 %8 %5 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 861 $2,128.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 1492 $11,500.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9374 $3,852.50
1/3/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(7), 1166/Lot# 6336 $4,887.50
6/5/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1186/Lot# 5698 $4,406.25
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121808 $1,925.00
9/7/2016 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4610 $3,772.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 $5 MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base189519852134238131983703428743504617501559736605724383471041613527141521492115719165491771918949
19252035221626533366389843084439475053346184681876119037114531373514408151871599616939181290
0000004308443947505334618468187611903711453137351440815187159961693900
0000004329452848825654639470307979972612490139441466515453162721732900
1840 $5 MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base179918862029231930573545377041034217444554666286675379601007413112137231447415256160701721218416
18281934212625653220362038814141429347855739644271558665110871331613973147351552716451176130
0000003881414142934785573964427155866511087133161397314735155271645100
0000003992417943695126601365977558936912099135191422414995157991683100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 7960
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 4445
Owner: Longstreet Collection
 
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