Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 395,942
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $360.79 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

The 1846 half eagle is relatively scarce in all grades and quite rare in Mint State. The 1846 half eagle is a delight for the student of varieties and die states. Two major varieties have been identified, Large Date and Small Date.

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1846 $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 101
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

The chart showing VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1846 $5 MS
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Base----16201210152613421------101
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Total----16201210152613421------101
 ----1 %6 %20 %12 %10 %15 %26 %1 %3 %4 %2 %1 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/22/1997 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1008, 1008/Lot# 2044 $242.65
1/12/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 8990 $2,990.00
1/17/2005 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 3434 $575.00
1/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 1512 $2,415.00
2/28/2012 PCGS G 6   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7509 $431.25
1/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1201/Lot# 6650 $2,115.00
7/7/2016 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1237/Lot# 4455 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11115275637969901542182121692368258532815104849013303210533361854119877551
111176539640860117416351937223524402817388862321009415886252414045165331877550
00000086011741635193722352440281738886232100941588625241404516533100
00000092513581728205323012512304944967361116981846929429472857654300
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