Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 23,631
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $345.15 (7/22/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1844 C $5 MS obverse 1844 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1844-C half eagle is moderately scarce in all grades. Due to a fire at the Charlotte Mint on July 27, 1844, half eagles were not produced in 1845. Therefore, the 1844 coins saw extensive circulation. Most of the coins known are well worn, with Very Fine or Extremely Fine being the commonly encountered grades. Mint State coins are very rare, and just a few examples have been graded at that level. The finest example seen by the authors is the MS-63 coin, which sold as part the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection in 1999. Bass purchased it from the Bareford Collection in 1978. An NGC MS63 sold for $25,850 in November, 2012.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1844 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1275 1475 1575 2850 4050 5300 5500 7600 9750 15100 17300 21800 40000 - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 89
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
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: 7/16/2019 1844 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1-31311197111171311-------89
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Total-1-31311197111171311-------89
 -1 %-3 %15 %12 %21 %8 %12 %12 %8 %1 %3 %1 %1 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/8/1995 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 1995 Baltimore Bullet #147, 147/Lot# 477 $770.00
5/4/1998 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 1046, 1046/Lot# 2074 $1,846.25
5/4/2009 NGC MS 60   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 369, 375/Lot# 963 $13,800.00
1/3/2012 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(5), 1166/Lot# 4885 $12,650.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1503 $2,990.00
5/12/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 113883 $2,271.50
3/27/2015 PCGS VF 35   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7378 $2,957.48
9/9/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 9 - 12 The Twelve Oaks Collection Signature Auction Session(3), 1244/Lot# 14065 $12,337.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1872196321342345275634963695431945754862573466446938758693223333333
1902202022042482300335623903440446715153603767427154816593223333330
0000003903440446715153603767427154816593223333300
0000004111449047665443634168407370874393223333300
1844 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1776186520292233262833453537414143894669551564006685731790073333333
1806192020972365286734093738422444824951581064956896788090073333330
0000003738422444824951581064956896788090073333300
0000003940430645765233610565907106844490073333300
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 9007
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 5515
Owner: Srotag
 
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