Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 21,467
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.31 (11/18/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1841 C $5 MS obverse 1841 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1841-C half eagle is seen more frequently than most of the other early-date Charlotte-minted half eagles. Most of the coins offered for sale are in the grade range of Extremely Fine to About Uncirculated. The Smithsonian has two examples of the date, both high-end About Uncirculated coins. Mint State examples of the 1841-C half eagle are rare, but are seen on occasion. There are probably about a dozen coins that are truly Mint State. One of the finest known coins of the date is the wonderful John J. Pittman example, which has been graded MS-64 by NGC. It was sold in 1998 for $42,350 and again in 2004 for just $34,500. Pittman purchased the coin in a large lot from the sale of the Farouk Collection in 1954. The Bareford Collection 1841-C half eagle is reportedly very choice as well.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1841 C $5 MS
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Base $ 1200 1450 1700 2150 2750 4300 5300 7750 9000 15750 19750 32500 - 52500 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/17/2003 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 7949 $4,312.50
11/6/2006 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 112, 117/Lot# 1874 $2,081.50
2/1/2009 NGC MS 61   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1458 $10,062.50
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4876 $14,950.00
1/1/2013 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12630 $1,586.25
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116859 $1,080.20
6/27/2014 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 2518 $1,410.00
9/7/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1239/Lot# 4613 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1841 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16971799200822332648294133863722400244275076636670087984921310255333333
17311869208323712746308934983815414446435506658073338394956010255333330
00000034983815414446435506658073338394956010255333300
00000036103909428548605936679476598803990810255333300
1841 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1609170719072124252528073238356438344246487661296753770489019918333333
1642177419792258261929513347365439714456529463377070810392409918333330
0000003347365439714456529463377070810392409918333300
0000003455374441094666571165457387850295799918333300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6753
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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