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: $309.85 (10/21/2017)
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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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/26/1999 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1157, 1157/Lot# 2087 $1,266.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1460 $23,000.00
4/28/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction Session(8)", 1139/Lot# 9738 $690.00
1/5/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(5), 1151/Lot# 6875 $4,312.50
8/11/2011 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(4), 1158/Lot# 5514 $1,840.00
8/18/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 116683 $2,201.10
4/1/2014 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 8075 $1,351.25
5/11/2014 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 789 $1,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C $5 MS LARGE DATE Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111707111340642905243574760896545785990841377418477252503513411
11156917071111363700460754115861624169838267106471534120734285443513410
000000111363700460754115861624169838267106471534120734285443513400
000000122713995492555795975639374218675122101690922992318393513400
1842 C $5 MS LARGE DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base165817531989230225852860313532603406401650716048647372878293930711172196493333
169018322093239626772952317733093609436853976190674476228631992913998196493330
000000317733093609436853976190674476228631992913998196493300
0000003218335738134719572263317016795889691055016823196493300
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Grade: MS 60
Points: 6048
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1430
Owner: tommy44
 
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