Coin Specifications

Category: Liberty Head $5 (1839-1908)
Mint: Charlotte
Mintage: 28,457
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 8.3600g
AGW: 0.2419oz
Melt Value: $443.22 (12/2/2020)
Diameter: 21.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 C $5 MS obverse 1856 C $5 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: The 1856-C half eagle is a scarce coin in any grade. Most of the surviving examples seen are very low grade or damaged. The date is also found with matte surfaces caused by seawater submersion. The strike for the 1856-C half eagle can be very weak on some examples. The surfaces are also found to be grainy, with die-rust evident on some coins. The 1856-C half eagle is one of the U.S. gold coins that was thought to be unknown in Mint State only two decades ago. The great collections of Harry W. Bass, Jr., John J. Pittman, and Ed Milas lacked an example in Uncirculated condition. A few high-grade specimens have surfaced over recent years. An MS 63 example sold in 2012 for $43,125. The Smithsonian possesses one of the finest known examples of the date we have seen, an MS 62.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1856 C $5 MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 153
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 62

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1856 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11282115212833572--------153
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Total---11282115212935572--------156
 ---1%8%5%13%10%13%19%22%3%4%1%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 C $5 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16971895202922712585294131493453362241904701615366057875103523333333
17631940211023762704301032503509381143605185630470288701103523333333
00000032503509381143605185630470288701103523333300
00000033523566400145315669645474529526103523333300
1856 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16091799192821612464280730093303346740164512592263627597100123333333
16721842200622622578287431073358365041814982606967748402100123333333
00000031073358365041814982606967748402100123333300
00000032053412383343475452621571859207100123333300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6362
Owner: Hornets Nest Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4512
Owner: Robert B. & Claudia Jackson
 
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