Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 28,184
Catalog: KM-69
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.36g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $323.18 (9/27/2016)
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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1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 25
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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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
8/8/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5848 $9,987.50
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4431451245654630556368207317775681538768100741129411970131121391414619000000
4458453045874941598269867463788883589203104811151912351133791414914619000000
0000007463788883589203104811151912351133791414914619000000
0000007610802185639639108871174512731136471438414619000000
1842 C SMALL DATE $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11136015297770485639278103281091911693121531257114347220442995241445583721111
11120141666099799088019628105251117711846122921316316912246803378347087583721110
00000088019628105251117711846122921316316912246803378347087583721100
00000090399978107221143511999124311375519478273163761452729583721100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 10074
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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