Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $410.26 (3/8/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS obverse 1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: Although the 1842-C, Large Date half eagle is not as rare as the Small Date variety of the same year, it is a scarce coin in its own right. Most of the coins found are in grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine. The 1842-C, Large Date can be found in grades of About Uncirculated or better with a little patience. There are several high-grade examples of the date known. The finest coin seen by the authors is the Eliasberg example, which has been graded MS-65 by NGC. Four or five other choice pieces have sold at auction in the last few years, the most recent being an NGC MS-64 coin that sold for $33.350 in 2012.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 101
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS PL
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Base11111707111340642905243574760896545785990841377418477252503513411
11156917071111363700460754115861624169838267106471534120734285443513411
000000111363700460754115861624169838267106471534120734285443513400
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1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base165817531989230225852860313532603406401650716048647372878293930711172196493333
169018322093239626772952317733093609436853976190674476228631992913998196493333
000000317733093609436853976190674476228631992913998196493300
0000003218335738134719572263317016795889691055016823196493300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 11172
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1430
Owner: tommy44
 
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