Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 64,472
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $313.31 (11/19/2017)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1848 C $5 MS obverse 1848 C $5 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While this date is among the more readily available Charlotte Mint half eagles, very few have survived in high grade. The mintage for this issue totaled 64,472 coins, the fifth highest production of any issue in the history of the Charlotte Mint. Only the 1847, 1849, 1852, and 1853 Charlotte half eagles had higher mintages. Although Doug Winter suggested a total survival of approximately 150 coins, he recorded just three or four Mint State examples in the second edition of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins. Since that time, the unrecorded Bass Collection coin, a Mint State survivor, appeared on the market. Another 16 to 18 AU coins were also mentioned, after which all remaining survivors show moderate to extensive wear or damage, or both.

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Last Updated: 6/1/2017

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1848 C $5 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1200 1375 1500 1875 2550 3650 4375 5750 7450 13750 19000 28000 43500 69000 135000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 192
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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5/30/2005 NGC AU 55   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 874 $4,025.00
12/12/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 1319 $4,600.00
8/23/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2911, 2911/Lot# 1997 $1,840.00
1/6/2011 NGC Details VF Details  David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5076 $920.00
2/28/2012 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 7519 $2,760.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116670 $2,754.40
6/4/2014 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1206/Lot# 9617 $646.25
12/3/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4593 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1848 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base172418241985219425852913314935503875461754766407693881449554115411386933333
1757187820552324269429923283365841224903578665847340861410216123171386933330
0000003283365841224903578665847340861410216123171386933300
0000003416376743705190609767617742908410879130931386933300
1848 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163417301886208724642781300933963712443152646169668578599234111721344633333
166617821953221325702857313835013952470955666341707683179880119301344633330
000000313835013952470955666341707683179880119301344633300
0000003267360741914986586765137468877610526126881344633300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 5264
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
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