Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 611,205
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $310.12 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 $5 MS obverse 1843 $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As a date, the 1843 half eagle is the second most common issue of the 1840s. David Akers states that it is only moderately rare in the lower Uncirculated grades. However, at the MS64 level, the coin is very elusive. In The Official Red Book of Auction Records 1994-2003, Jeff Garrett and John Dannreuther were able to find only four offerings of MS64 coins during that ten-year period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1843 $5 MS
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Base $ 475 490 500 525 600 650 690 775 1100 1575 2275 4600 10250 21500 45000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 5250 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 563
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/9/2008 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 4194 $9,775.00
4/21/2008 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2519, 2519/Lot# 2103 $616.00
9/6/2009 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 3380 $25,300.00
5/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 893 $12,076.15
2/24/2011 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 561, 568/Lot# 7110 $1,495.00
1/4/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(4), 1251/Lot# 5905 $19,975.00
3/26/2017 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131714/Lot# 22345 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1170120612431278131213451379141014541514179925692857389456847077984733333
1182121812551289132313561389142514741609205626653203449161488000984733330
0000001389142514741609205626653203449161488000984733300
0000001400143914941704231227613548508766138924984733300
1843 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1103113811731206123912711303133313751433170724482727373054666820952033333
1115115011841217125012821313134713941524195425413061430959177720952033330
0000001313134713941524195425413061430959177720952033300
0000001323136114141616220126343396488763698620952033300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1707
Owner: WFH71
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 667
Owner: Ashot Davtyan
 
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