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: $361.35 (10/17/2019)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1300 1500 1650 2350 3000 3750 4000 4500 6750 11500 14000 25500 - - - - - - - -
$ - - - 5250 9750 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 149
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: 10/8/2019 1856 C $5 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---11072115212733662--------149
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---------12-----------3
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Total---11072115212835662--------152
 ---1 %7 %5 %14 %10 %14 %18 %23 %4 %4 %1 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/16/1996 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 1996 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #153, 153/Lot# 6645 $1,320.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 60   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1146 $14,375.00
1/18/2010 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 446, 452/Lot# 496 $5,865.00
7/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3110, 3110/Lot# 2477 $575.00
8/15/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 9423 $2,300.00
7/28/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 116686 $2,630.10
12/13/2018 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2018 December 13-14 US Coins Signature Auction Session(2), 1282/Lot# 3770 $1,800.00
4/25/2019 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1294/Lot# 4777 $8,400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 $5 MS C Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16971895202922712585294131493453362241904701615366057875103523333333
17631940211023762704301032503509381143605185630470288701103523333330
00000032503509381143605185630470288701103523333300
00000033523566400145315669645474529526103523333300
1856 $5 MS C
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16091799192821612464280730093303346740164512592263627597100123333333
16721842200622622578287431073358365041814982606967748402100123333330
00000031073358365041814982606967748402100123333300
00000032053412383343475452621571859207100123333300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 6362
Owner: Hornets Nest
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 4512
Owner: Robert B. & Claudia Jackson
 
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