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: $341.87 (7/16/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS obverse 1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1842-C, Small Date half eagle is one of the rarest coins from the Charlotte Mint. The 1849-C, Open Wreath gold dollar is the only coin with fewer specimens known. The vast majority of the 1842-C half eagles seen are well worn and, in many cases, damaged. Pleasing examples in any grade are certainly worth a premium. The date is very rare in the grades of Extremely Fine and About Uncirculated. Mint State examples are exceedingly rare, with just a few known at that level. The Smithsonian example is Mint State and one of the finest seen. It is generally thought that the famed Elrod coin is the finest known example of the variety. An NGC MS63 sold at auction in January, 2015 for $111,625.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/16/2019

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1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS
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Base $ - - 8250 13900 21800 28000 31500 36500 61000 84500 93000 127500 132500 - - - - - - -
$ - - - 38500 - - - - 185000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 23
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----3311-37-221-------23
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Total----3311-38-221-------24
 ----13 %13 %4 %4 %-13 %33 %-8 %8 %4 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/14/2008 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1455 $29,900.00
5/30/2012 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 4280 $5,875.00
3/31/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/31/2013, 68/Lot# 106425 $17,355.80
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5445 $49,937.50
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5444 $29,962.50
8/5/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1208/Lot# 5652 $15,275.00
11/6/2014 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3984 $13,526.60


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C $5 MS SMALL DATE Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4617470147564823578370777586803884459076104161166512358135271434715069333333
4645471947785143621472477737817486559523108321189612748138001458815069333330
0000007737817486559523108321189612748138001458815069333300
0000007887830988669969112491212713137140741482815069333300
1842 C $5 MS SMALL DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4431451245654630556368207317775681538768100741129411970131121391414619333333
4458453045874941598269867463788883589203104811151912351133791414914619333330
0000007463788883589203104811151912351133791414914619333300
0000007610802185639639108871174512731136471438414619333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 13914
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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