Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Dahlonega
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $434.02 (5/6/2021)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS obverse 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1842-D, Small Date, Small Letters half eagle can be found in the grades of Very Fine or Extremely Fine without too much difficulty. However, finding a coin that is problem-free or not harshly cleaned can be difficult. The issue becomes increasingly rare in the higher states of preservation. There are probably fewer than a dozen examples that would qualify as Mint State. The finest known example of the date is part of the Duke’s Creek Collection. The coin was originally from the Eliasberg Collection and has been graded MS-63 by NGC. The coin has not sold at auction in recent years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/28/2019

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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
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Base $ 1150 1350 1650 2075 2950 4100 4400 4800 6250 13500 14500 21500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - 8500 - - - - - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, 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: 5/4/2021 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
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Base-133272127141523251431-------168
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Total-133272127141523251431-------168
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS PL
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Base12061774194122902617303431493408372240724990615365671342033333333
13951830205723992756307232353513383943785378629188511342033333333
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000000332236173955468457656429111361342033333300
1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113818431989223326433068339636203774398445655801650968207508791483358856940099691077611630
1373189220702370278531773471367138444178497760376613704976438054850990379590102381106112212
00000034713671384441784977603766137049764380548509903795901023800
00000035453723391443715389627367167279777981958682921997791050700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 7508
Owner: NGC EXHIBIT
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6820
Owner: (none)
 
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