Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Mintage: 22,896
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $322.28 (7/29/2016)
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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1840 D $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 861 $2,128.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1175/Lot# 5860 $4,700.00
1/9/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(6), 1181/Lot# 7116 $5,012.55
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4198 $2,585.00
6/16/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121808 $1,925.00
4/27/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1234/Lot# 5806 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 D $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14501558168319692352309241114319482055156048675379608428884913112180782552036647111
148615991778209625983431418044865051569262837155811685681027014767205582922936647110
000000418044865051569262837155811685681027014767205582922936647100
000000424946535283587065187557827287081169116422230393293836647100
1840 D $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11130516332055297337344319501854095918621964787818872713442186002619837532111
14351414177323613226392945525148557860186305692481211029815161211322997637532110
000000392945525148557860186305692481211029815161211322997637532100
000000412447855278574861186391737184241187016880236653375437532100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 8428
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
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