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: $302.91 (3/28/2017)
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: 7/25/2016

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1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 975 1150 1575 2050 2775 3550 4300 5250 8400 14000 16500 22000 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - 5750 9750 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/6/1995 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions February 1995 Long Beach Sale #130, 130/Lot# 5848 $4,290.00
4/28/2002 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus,OH (CSNS) Bullet Sale #289, 289/Lot# 1651 $2,645.00
5/30/2005 NGC AU 58   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 862 $5,520.00
6/17/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3295, 3295/Lot# 2992 $1,121.25
11/29/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1177/Lot# 4934 $1,880.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 4200 $4,993.75
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 374 $2,900.00
7/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 206385 $1,129.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11381683184321792495289830093260356439024793592263241300833333333
13201736195522842629293530933361367741995169605685521300833333330
00000030933361367741995169605685521300833333300
000000317634633789449655466190107801300833333300
1842 D SMALL DATE $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12061774194122902617303431493408372240724990615365671342033333333
13951830205723992756307232353513383943785378629188511342033333330
00000032353513383943785378629188511342033333300
000000332236173955468457656429111361342033333300
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 13008
Owner: (none)
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 3260
Owner: Lucky One
 
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