Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $319.99 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 12/8/2015

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1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1050 1325 1750 2200 2700 3550 3900 5600 9600 14750 17500 23750 33500 46000 77500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 103
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/27/1996 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0827, 827/Lot# 837 $2,162.75
2/12/1999 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 1999 February Long Beach Sale #197, 197/Lot# 6240 $21,850.00
9/19/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 2413 $8,337.50
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4199 $1,997.50
8/18/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/18/2013, 88/Lot# 116683 $2,201.10
1/8/2014 NGC MS 60   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6635 $12,925.00
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 LARGE DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11112562219266531353525459951405809619072147799882194111306019649273463873111
11419157723672821326538834779536359366531740981399017106271525622214311413873110
000000326538834779536359366531740981399017106271525622214311413873100
000000339542414959558660636872760484809214118431745224780349363873100
1842 C LARGE DATE $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111124323312776327336834790534860366428748180829543100561482020208280593965311
11415160524792941340940524976557761666779768185699714116441661622825319233965310
000000340940524976557761666779768185699714116441661622825319233965300
000000354644215162580662977130788190569885132321841225442357883965300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 9411
Owner: Summer97
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 1333
Owner: tommy44
 
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