Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 44,277
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $304.04 (5/25/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 C $5 MS obverse 1843 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1843-C half eagle is unique among the half eagles of 1843 in that the letters on the reverse are of the same small format as seen on the 1839 to 1842 issues. The vast majority of the 1843-C half eagles seen are in the grade range of Very Fine to Extremely Fine. Problem-free coins are the exception for this heavily circulated issue. This issue becomes increasingly rare in high grade, and there are only about a dozen examples of the date known in Mint State. Three or four coins have been graded MS-64. The finest example seen by the authors is the Milas coin, which sold at auction in 1995. NGC lists three coins as MS65, but these must include resubmissions.

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Last Updated: 7/25/2016

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1843 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 158
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/8/1999 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1999 F.U.N. Signature Sale #195, 195/Lot# 7886 $23,000.00
5/7/2000 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 1304, 1304/Lot# 1615 $501.13
1/6/2011 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5074 $11,787.50
1/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1495 $1,322.50
8/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(3), 1173/Lot# 4578 $1,233.75
11/10/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 116889 $1,158.30
11/14/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3285 $2,837.63
2/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 2082 $21,150.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11381707184320482433286032383427369440004719536757477258820010285333333
13281752191121762575298633013516379642404935549462517572889510285333330
00000033013516379642404935549462517572889510285333300
00000033643605389844795151562067547886959010285333300
1843 C $5 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12061799194121542552299433863581385741734914558259737526849410632333333
14041846201222872699312534513673396244205137571264917849920710632333330
00000034513673396244205137571264917849920710632333300
00000035163765406846675359584370088171991910632333300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 4719
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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